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Gunsight Mine, Gunsight District (Meyer District), Gunsight Hills, Pima Co., Arizona, USAi
Regional Level Types
Gunsight MineMine
Gunsight District (Meyer District)Mining District
Gunsight HillsGroup of Hills
Pima Co.County

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 32° 12' 14'' North , 112° 41' 21'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 32.20389,-112.68917
GeoHash:G#: 9mxz5ww30
USGS MRDS Record:10109009
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate
Nearest Settlements:
Why167 (2017)8.6km
Ajo3,304 (2011)24.7km
Wahak Hotrontk114 (2011)30.5km
Adolfo López Mateos201 (2014)38.7km
Colinas de Sonoidag289 (2014)38.9km

‡Ref.: Weed, W.H. (1920) The Mines Handbook, Vol. XIV.

Keith, Stanton B. (1974), Arizona Bureau of Geology & Mineral Technology, Geological Survey Branch Bull. 189, Index of Mining Properties in Pima County, Arizona: 122 (Table 4).

Phillips, K.A. (1987), Arizona Industrial Minerals, 2nd. Edition, Arizona Department of Mines & Minerals Mineral Report 4, 185 pp.

Peirce, H. Wesley (1990), Arizona Geological Survey Industrial Minerals card file.

Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd. ed.: 224, 331.

Arizona Bureau of Mines file data.

MRDS database Dep. ID file #10109009, MRDS ID #M002260; and, Dep. ID #10283558, MAS ID #0040190242.

A former small underground Pb-Ag-Zn-Cu-Au-Baryte mine located in the center of sec. 16, T.14S., R.4W., 16 miles SE of Ajo. Produced 1881-1965. Owned/operated at times, or in part, by the Carthage Silver Mining Co.; Fernald & Scott; the Gunsight Mining Co.; Butler; Graham & Dickey; and the Fisher Mining Co.

Mineralization is a network of lensing, quartz-calcite-baryte veins with spotty, partly oxidized lead, zinc, and copper minerals along intersecting fissure zones in Laramide granitic rock. The ore zone strikes N25E and dips 55NW.

Workings include shaft and tunnel operations. Prospected as early as the 1870's and reportedly produced some 15,000 tons of $40/T Pb-Ag ore in 1881-1884. Sporadic production of some 120 tons of ore averaging 22% Pb, 5 oz. Ag/T and some Au since 1918, and also possibly in 1936.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate
Sonoran Desert, North AmericaDesert

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

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4 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: BaSO4
Description: In lensing quartz-calcite-barite veins.
Reference: Keith, Stanton B. (1974), AZ Bur. of Geol. & Min. Technology, Geol. Survey Br. Bull. 189, Index of Mining Properties in Pima County, AZ: 122 (Table 4); Arizona Bureau of Mines file data.
Formula: CaCO3
Description: In lensing quartz-calcite-barite veins.
Reference: Keith, Stanton B. (1974), AZ Bur. of Geol. & Min. Technology, Geol. Survey Br. Bull. 189, Index of Mining Properties in Pima County, AZ: 122 (Table 4); Arizona Bureau of Mines file data.
Formula: CaF2
Description: Occurs as micro-crystals.
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 224.
Formula: PbO2
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 331.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 3 - Halides
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification


List of minerals for each chemical element

C CalciteCaCO3
O CalciteCaCO3
O BaryteBaSO4
O PlattneritePbO2
F FluoriteCaF2
S BaryteBaSO4
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca FluoriteCaF2
Ba BaryteBaSO4
Pb PlattneritePbO2

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Quaternary - Miocene
0 - 23.03 Ma

ID: 3185380
Cenozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Cenozoic (0 - 23.03 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Langhian - Chattian
13.82 - 28.1 Ma

ID: 2848149
Middle Miocene to Oligocene granitic rocks

Age: Cenozoic (13.82 - 28.1 Ma)

Description: Granite to diorite representing solidified magma chambers that were the likely source of overlying and nearby volcanic rocks of map unit Tv. The granitic rocks are typically equigranular and fine- to medium-grained. (14-26 Ma)

Comments: Original map source: Arizona Geological Survey, DI-8 Geologic Map of Arizona, Digital Spatial data for the Geologic Map of Arizona, v. 3.0, edited by S.M. Richard and S.M. Kneale, 2002, 10 p., 2 DOS HD disks. Arc/INFO export file (.e00) format, scale 1:1,000,000.

Lithology: Major:{granite,granodiorite,diorite}, Minor:{quartz diorite}

Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052. [133]

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