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Blue Chihuahua Mine (Blue Dog), Iron Spring Mountain, Cooper Canyon Mining District, Riverside Co., California, USAi
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Blue Chihuahua Mine (Blue Dog)Mine
Iron Spring MountainMountain
Cooper Canyon Mining DistrictMining District
Riverside Co.County
CaliforniaState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
33° 26' 3'' North , 116° 40' 32'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Anza3,014 (2011)13.4km
Aguanga1,128 (2011)17.6km
Alpine Village146 (2006)27.0km
Idyllwild3,583 (2010)34.2km
Borrego Springs3,429 (2014)34.3km


A pegmatite deposit prospected for gemstones and mineral specimens. The main workings are located approximately 800 feet N of the Riverside/San Diego County line, about 2.9 km (1.8 miles) SE of Iron Spring Mountain (coordinates of record). In the past, the mine has been erroneously reported as being in Chihuahua Valley, San Diego County, but is actually three miles north of the area.

NOTE: This mine is not listed in the USGS MRDS database. Coordinates are estimated.

The pegmatite was first located by a Mr. Staley in the late 1960's. Josie Scripps became partners with Staley and named the deposit the Blue Chihuahua. Staley and Scripps removed overburden and developed several productive work areas along a thin dike with the assistance of Bob Bartsch and Al Ordway.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


10 valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

Detailed Mineral List:

Albite
Formula: Na(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Nicolas J. Rose
Albite var: Cleavelandite
Formula: Na(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Nicolas J. Rose
Beryl
Formula: Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Reference: Jesse Fisher (2011) Mines and Minerals of the Southern California Pegmatite Province. Rocks & Minerals 86:14-35.
Cassiterite
Formula: SnO2
Reference: Nicolas J. Rose
Elbaite
Formula: Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Reference: Larson, W. F. 2009. Personal thumbnail collection; specimen produced in the late 1960's.
Herderite
Formula: CaBePO4(F,OH)
Description: Specimens analyzed by Leavens, et al. (1978) from this locality were true hydroxylherderite.
Reference: Leavens, et al., 1978, Compositional and Refractive Index Variations of the Herderite-Hydroxyl-herderite Series, American Mineralogist, v 63, p. 913-917.
Hydroxylherderite
Formula: CaBe(PO4)(OH,F)
Reference: Ordway, A. (2003) The Blue Chihuahua Mine. Where art thou? Bulletin of the Mineralogical Society of Southern California, January.; Jesse Fisher (2011) Mines and Minerals of the Southern California Pegmatite Province. Rocks & Minerals 86:14-35.
'Indicolite'
Formula: A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
Reference: Larson, W. F. 2009. Personal thumbnail collection; specimen produced in the late 1960's.
Microcline
Formula: K(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Nicolas J. Rose
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Nicolas J. Rose
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Ordway, A. (2003) The Blue Chihuahua Mine. Where art thou? Bulletin of the Mineralogical Society of Southern California, January.
Schorl
Formula: Na(Fe2+3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Reference: Pala International, 2003. Labeled specimen on display at the Collector, Fallbrook, San Diego County, California.; SLR specimen; Jesse Fisher (2011) Mines and Minerals of the Southern California Pegmatite Province. Rocks & Minerals 86:14-35.
Topaz
Formula: Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Reference: Jesse Fisher (2011) Mines and Minerals of the Southern California Pegmatite Province. Rocks & Minerals 86:14-35.
'Tourmaline'
Formula: A(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
Reference: Pala International, 2003. Labeled specimen on display at the Collector, Fallbrook, San Diego County, California.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Cassiterite4.DB.05SnO2
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Herderite ?8.BA.10CaBePO4(F,OH)
Hydroxylherderite8.BA.10CaBe(PO4)(OH,F)
Group 9 - Silicates
Albite9.FA.35Na(AlSi3O8)
var: Cleavelandite9.FA.35Na(AlSi3O8)
Beryl9.CJ.05Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Elbaite9.CK.05Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Microcline9.FA.30K(AlSi3O8)
Muscovite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Schorl9.CK.05Na(Fe2+3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Topaz9.AF.35Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Indicolite'-A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
'Tourmaline'-A(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
AX2
Cassiterite4.4.1.5SnO2
Group 41 - ANHYDROUS PHOSPHATES, ETC.CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)2(XO4)Zq
Herderite ?41.5.4.1CaBePO4(F,OH)
Hydroxylherderite41.5.4.2CaBe(PO4)(OH,F)
Group 52 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups and O,OH,F,H2O
Insular SiO4 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [6] coordination only
Topaz52.3.1.1Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Group 61 - CYCLOSILICATES Six-Membered Rings
Six-Membered Rings with [Si6O18] rings; possible (OH) and Al substitution
Beryl61.1.1.1Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Six-Membered Rings with borate groups
Elbaite61.3.1.8Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Schorl61.3.1.10Na(Fe2+3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Muscovite71.2.2a.1KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
Al-Si Framework with Al-Si frameworks
Albite76.1.3.1Na(AlSi3O8)
Microcline76.1.1.5K(AlSi3O8)
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Albite
var: Cleavelandite
-Na(AlSi3O8)
'Indicolite'-A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
'Tourmaline'-A(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
H TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
H HydroxylherderiteCaBe(PO4)(OH,F)
H ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
LiLithium
Li ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
BeBeryllium
Be HydroxylherderiteCaBe(PO4)(OH,F)
Be BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
Be HerderiteCaBePO4(F,OH)
BBoron
B SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
B TourmalineA(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
B ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
B IndicoliteA(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
OOxygen
O SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
O TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
O HydroxylherderiteCaBe(PO4)(OH,F)
O QuartzSiO2
O TourmalineA(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
O ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
O IndicoliteA(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
O BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
O AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
O Albite (var: Cleavelandite)Na(AlSi3O8)
O CassiteriteSnO2
O MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O HerderiteCaBePO4(F,OH)
FFluorine
F TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
F HerderiteCaBePO4(F,OH)
NaSodium
Na SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Na ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Na AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Na Albite (var: Cleavelandite)Na(AlSi3O8)
AlAluminium
Al SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Al TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Al ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Al BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
Al AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Al Albite (var: Cleavelandite)Na(AlSi3O8)
Al MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Si TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Si QuartzSiO2
Si TourmalineA(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
Si ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Si BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
Si AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Si Albite (var: Cleavelandite)Na(AlSi3O8)
Si MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
PPhosphorus
P HydroxylherderiteCaBe(PO4)(OH,F)
P HerderiteCaBePO4(F,OH)
KPotassium
K MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
CaCalcium
Ca HydroxylherderiteCaBe(PO4)(OH,F)
Ca HerderiteCaBePO4(F,OH)
FeIron
Fe SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
SnTin
Sn CassiteriteSnO2

References

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Ordway, A. C. (1968), Herderite in a California Pegmatite. Gems and Minerals December #375: 40-47
Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 304.
Rocks & Minerals (1984): 59: 82.
Ordway, A. (2003), The Blue Chihuahua Mine. Where art thou? Bulletin of the Mineralogical Society of Southern California, January.
Jesse Fisher (2011) Mines and Minerals of the Southern California Pegmatite Province. Rocks & Minerals 86:14-34.

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The Blue Chihuahua Mine (Where art thou?) by Al Ordway 2003 by Scott L. Ritchie


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