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Merrimac Mine, Organ District, Organ Mts, Doña Ana Co., New Mexico, USAi
Regional Level Types
Merrimac MineMine
Organ DistrictMining District
Organ MtsMountain Range
Doña Ana Co.County
New MexicoState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
32° 27' 21'' North , 106° 34' 23'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Organ323 (2011)4.0km
White Sands1,651 (2017)12.1km
Doña Ana1,211 (2011)23.8km
Las Cruces101,643 (2018)25.0km
San Ysidro2,090 (2011)25.2km


Deposit: Discovery year: 1880's deposits occur in three ore shoots which range from 2 ft. To 4 ft. Thick and from 20 ft. To 40 ft. Wide. Two of the shoots were mined down dip for a length of 200 ft. Worked mainly for zinc ; info.src : 1 pub lit; 2 unpub rept

Geology: The sugarloaf peak quartz monzonite porphyry is the most volatile-rich and one of the latest phases of the organ batholith.

Rock formation(s): Sugarloaf Peak Quartz Monzonite Porphyry
Lake Valley Formation


Ore(s): Mineralization Localized In The Crests Of Minor Folds Which Plunge 36 Degrees Northwesterly.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Commodity List

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Mineral List


20 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

Andradite
Formula: Ca3Fe3+2(SiO4)3
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains
Aurichalcite
Formula: (Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
Reference: Michael C Michayluk collection
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: USGS Prof Paper 68 The Ore Deposits of New Mexico; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Cannizzarite
Formula: Pb48Bi56S132
Reference: Collection of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: USGS Prof Paper 68 The Ore Deposits of New Mexico; NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Chamosite
Formula: (Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
Description: Replaces andradite.
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
Chamosite var: Thuringite
Formula: (Fe,Fe,Mg,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(O,OH)8
Description: Replaces andradite.
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
'Chlorite Group'
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains
Clinochlore
Formula: Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains
Clinochlore var: Pennine
Formula: Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains
Cordierite
Formula: (Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.; NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains
Diopside
Formula: CaMgSi2O6
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Galenobismutite
Formula: PbBi2S4
Reference: Michael C Michayluk collection
'Garnet Group'
Formula: X3Z2(SiO4)3
Reference: USGS Prof Paper 68 The Ore Deposits of New Mexico; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Hydrozincite
Formula: Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
'K Feldspar'
Reference: Michael C Michayluk collection
'K Feldspar var: Adularia'
Formula: KAlSi3O8
Reference: Michael C Michayluk collection
'Limonite'
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Pyrophyllite
Formula: Al2Si4O10(OH)2
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Scheelite
Formula: Ca(WO4)
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Smithsonite
Formula: ZnCO3
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: USGS Prof Paper 68 The Ore Deposits of New Mexico; NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Spinel
Formula: MgAl2O4
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.; NMBMMR Bull 11 The Geology of the Organ Mountains
Stannite
Formula: Cu2FeSnS4
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Cannizzarite2.JB.20Pb48Bi56S132
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Galenobismutite2.JC.25ePbBi2S4
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Stannite2.CB.15aCu2FeSnS4
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Spinel4.BB.05MgAl2O4
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Aurichalcite5.BA.15(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Hydrozincite5.BA.15Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Smithsonite5.AB.05ZnCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Scheelite7.GA.05Ca(WO4)
Group 9 - Silicates
Andradite9.AD.25Ca3Fe3+2(SiO4)3
Chamosite9.EC.55(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
var: Thuringite9.EC.55(Fe,Fe,Mg,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(O,OH)8
Clinochlore9.EC.55Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
var: Pennine9.EC.55Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Cordierite9.CJ.10(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Diopside9.DA.15CaMgSi2O6
Pyrophyllite9.EC.10Al2Si4O10(OH)2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Chlorite Group'-
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3
'K Feldspar'-
'var: Adularia'-KAlSi3O8
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
Stannite2.9.2.1Cu2FeSnS4
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
2 < ø < 2.49
Cannizzarite3.6.5.1Pb48Bi56S132
ø = 2
Galenobismutite3.7.9.1PbBi2S4
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Spinel7.2.1.1MgAl2O4
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Smithsonite14.1.1.6ZnCO3
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Aurichalcite16a.4.2.1(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
Hydrozincite16a.4.1.1Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Group 48 - ANHYDROUS MOLYBDATES AND TUNGSTATES
AXO4
Scheelite48.1.2.1Ca(WO4)
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in [6] and >[6] coordination
Andradite51.4.3b.1Ca3Fe3+2(SiO4)3
Group 61 - CYCLOSILICATES Six-Membered Rings
Six-Membered Rings with Al substituted rings
Cordierite61.2.1.1(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=2
Diopside65.1.3a.1CaMgSi2O6
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Pyrophyllite71.2.1.1Al2Si4O10(OH)2
Sheets of 6-membered rings interlayered 1:1, 2:1, and octahedra
Chamosite71.4.1.7(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
Clinochlore71.4.1.4Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Chamosite
var: Thuringite
-(Fe,Fe,Mg,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(O,OH)8
'Chlorite Group'-
Clinochlore
var: Pennine
-Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3
'K Feldspar'-
'var: Adularia'-KAlSi3O8
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Chamosite (var: Thuringite)(Fe,Fe,Mg,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(O,OH)8
H HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
H PyrophylliteAl2Si4O10(OH)2
H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
H Clinochlore (var: Pennine)Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
H Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
H Chamosite(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
H ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
C SmithsoniteZnCO3
C Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
OOxygen
O CalciteCaCO3
O Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
O Chamosite (var: Thuringite)(Fe,Fe,Mg,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(O,OH)8
O Cordierite(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
O HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
O PyrophylliteAl2Si4O10(OH)2
O ScheeliteCa(WO4)
O SpinelMgAl2O4
O AndraditeCa3Fe23+(SiO4)3
O QuartzSiO2
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
O SmithsoniteZnCO3
O DiopsideCaMgSi2O6
O Clinochlore (var: Pennine)Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
O Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
O Chamosite(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
O ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
O K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
MgMagnesium
Mg Chamosite (var: Thuringite)(Fe,Fe,Mg,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(O,OH)8
Mg Cordierite(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Mg SpinelMgAl2O4
Mg DiopsideCaMgSi2O6
Mg Clinochlore (var: Pennine)Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Mg Chamosite(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
Mg ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
AlAluminium
Al Chamosite (var: Thuringite)(Fe,Fe,Mg,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(O,OH)8
Al Cordierite(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Al PyrophylliteAl2Si4O10(OH)2
Al SpinelMgAl2O4
Al Clinochlore (var: Pennine)Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Al Chamosite(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
Al ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Al K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
SiSilicon
Si Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
Si Chamosite (var: Thuringite)(Fe,Fe,Mg,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(O,OH)8
Si Cordierite(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Si PyrophylliteAl2Si4O10(OH)2
Si AndraditeCa3Fe23+(SiO4)3
Si QuartzSiO2
Si DiopsideCaMgSi2O6
Si Clinochlore (var: Pennine)Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Si Chamosite(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
Si ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Si K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
SSulfur
S SphaleriteZnS
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S StanniteCu2FeSnS4
S PyriteFeS2
S GalenaPbS
S GalenobismutitePbBi2S4
S CannizzaritePb48Bi56S132
KPotassium
K K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca ScheeliteCa(WO4)
Ca AndraditeCa3Fe23+(SiO4)3
Ca DiopsideCaMgSi2O6
FeIron
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe Chamosite (var: Thuringite)(Fe,Fe,Mg,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(O,OH)8
Fe Cordierite(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Fe StanniteCu2FeSnS4
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe AndraditeCa3Fe23+(SiO4)3
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Fe Chamosite(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu StanniteCu2FeSnS4
Cu Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
Zn HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Zn SmithsoniteZnCO3
Zn Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
SnTin
Sn StanniteCu2FeSnS4
WTungsten
W ScheeliteCa(WO4)
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb GalenobismutitePbBi2S4
Pb CannizzaritePb48Bi56S132
BiBismuth
Bi GalenobismutitePbBi2S4
Bi CannizzaritePb48Bi56S132

References

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Northrop, S.A. and LaBruzza, F.A. (1996), Minerals of New Mexico, revised Third Edition.
New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Bulletin 11, The Geology of the Organ Mountains.
USGS Professional Paper 68, The Ore Deposits of New Mexico.
Lemmon, D.M., and Tweto, O.L., (1962), Tungsten in the U.S., USGS Map, Mr-25.
Dale, V.B. and Mckinney, W.A., (1959), Tungsten Deposits of New Mexico, USBM Rept. of Invest. 5517, 72p.
Lindgren, W., Graton, L.C., and Gordon, C.H., (1910) USGS Pp 68, P. 205-213
Dunham, K.C., (1935) Nmbmmr Bull 11, P. 234
Albritton, C.C., Jr., and Nelson, V.E., (1943) USGS Ofr-43, P. 28-30
Seager, W.R., (1981) Nmbmmr Mem 36, P. 83-90

USGS MRDS Record:10008854
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