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Key West Mine, Whitney Pocket Basin, Bunkerville District, Virgin Mts, Clark Co., Nevada, USAi
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Key West MineMine
Whitney Pocket BasinBasin
Bunkerville DistrictMining District
Virgin MtsMountain Range
Clark Co.County
NevadaState
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
36° 37' 7'' North , 114° 9' 55'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Bunkerville1,303 (2011)17.5km
Mesquite17,496 (2017)22.5km
Scenic1,643 (2017)23.7km
Moapa Valley6,924 (2011)27.5km
Littlefield308 (2011)36.5km


A Ni-Cu-Co-Pt-Au deposit/mine located in the northern Virgin Mountains.

Ores are associated with hornblenditic intrusions.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


29 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Azurite
Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Brochantite
Formula: Cu4(SO4)(OH)6
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Chalcanthite
Formula: CuSO4 · 5H2O
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Theodore, Ted G., et al (1987), USGS Prof. Paper 1361: 71; Beal (1965). ; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Chromite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
Chrysocolla
Formula: Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Cuprite
Formula: Cu2O
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Erythrite
Formula: Co3(AsO4)2 · 8H2O
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'
Reference: NBMG Bull 62 Geology and Mineral Deposits of Clark County, Nevada
'Garnierite'
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Glaukosphaerite
Formula: (Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999.; Mineralogical Record 22:383
Godlevskite ?
Formula: (Ni,Fe)9S8
Reference: Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999.
Heterogenite
Formula: Co3+O(OH)
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; Mineralogical Record 22:383
'Hornblende'
Reference: NBMG Bull 62 Geology and Mineral Deposits of Clark County, Nevada
'Hypersthene'
Formula: (Mg,Fe)SiO3
Reference: NBMG Bull 62 Geology and Mineral Deposits of Clark County, Nevada
Kotulskite
Formula: Pd(Te,Bi)
Reference: Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999.
Magnetite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Reference: Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999.; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Merenskyite
Formula: (Pd,Pt)(Te,Bi)2
Reference: Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999.
Michenerite
Formula: PdBiTe
Reference: Brent Thorne specimen analyzed by Sid Williams. Label says Bunkerville District but the actual locality is probably the Key West mine.
Millerite
Formula: NiS
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
Molybdenite
Formula: MoS2
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Moncheite
Formula: (Pt,Pd)(Te,Bi)2
Reference: Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999.
Palladium
Formula: (Pd,Pt)
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada
Pentlandite
Formula: (FexNiy)Σ9S8
Reference: Dana 7:I:243.; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Polydymite
Formula: Ni2+Ni3+2S4
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999.; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Pyrrhotite
Formula: Fe7S8
Reference: Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999.; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Sperrylite
Formula: PtAs2
Reference: Rocks & Minerals, Nov. 1999.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: NBMG Spec. Pub. 31 Minerals of Nevada; NBMG Open File Report 79-3
Talc
Formula: Mg3Si4O10(OH)2
Reference: NBMG Spec Pub 31 Minerals of Nevada
Violarite
Formula: Fe2+Ni3+2S4
Reference: Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: "Handbook of Mineralogy", Vol. 1, 1990

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Palladium1.AF.10(Pd,Pt)
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Godlevskite ?2.BB.15(Ni,Fe)9S8
Kotulskite2.CC.05Pd(Te,Bi)
Merenskyite2.EA.20(Pd,Pt)(Te,Bi)2
Michenerite2.EB.25PdBiTe
Millerite2.CC.20NiS
Molybdenite2.EA.30MoS2
Moncheite2.EA.20(Pt,Pd)(Te,Bi)2
Pentlandite2.BB.15(FexNiy)Σ9S8
Polydymite2.DA.05Ni2+Ni3+2S4
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Pyrrhotite2.CC.10Fe7S8
Sperrylite2.EB.05aPtAs2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Violarite2.DA.05Fe2+Ni3+2S4
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Chromite4.BB.05Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Cuprite4.AA.10Cu2O
Heterogenite4.FE.20Co3+O(OH)
Magnetite4.BB.05Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Azurite5.BA.05Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Glaukosphaerite5.BA.10(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Brochantite7.BB.25Cu4(SO4)(OH)6
Chalcanthite7.CB.20CuSO4 · 5H2O
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Erythrite8.CE.40Co3(AsO4)2 · 8H2O
Group 9 - Silicates
Chrysocolla9.ED.20Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Talc9.EC.05Mg3Si4O10(OH)2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Garnierite'-
'Hornblende'-
'Hypersthene'-(Mg,Fe)SiO3

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Platinum Group Metals and Alloys
Palladium1.2.1.4(Pd,Pt)
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 9:8
Godlevskite ?2.7.4.1(Ni,Fe)9S8
Pentlandite2.7.1.1(FexNiy)Σ9S8
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Millerite2.8.16.1NiS
Pyrrhotite2.8.10.1Fe7S8
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 3:4
Polydymite2.10.1.7Ni2+Ni3+2S4
Violarite2.10.1.8Fe2+Ni3+2S4
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Merenskyite2.12.14.4(Pd,Pt)(Te,Bi)2
Michenerite2.12.3.11PdBiTe
Molybdenite2.12.10.1MoS2
Moncheite2.12.14.3(Pt,Pd)(Te,Bi)2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Sperrylite2.12.1.13PtAs2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X
Cuprite4.1.1.1Cu2O
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Heterogenite6.1.4.2Co3+O(OH)
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Chromite7.2.3.3Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Magnetite7.2.2.3Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Azurite16a.2.1.1Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Glaukosphaerite16a.3.1.3(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Chalcanthite29.6.7.1CuSO4 · 5H2O
Group 30 - ANHYDROUS SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)m(XO4)pZq, where m:p>2:1
Brochantite30.1.3.1Cu4(SO4)(OH)6
Group 40 - HYDRATED NORMAL PHOSPHATES,ARSENATES AND VANADATES
A3(XO4)2·xH2O
Erythrite40.3.6.3Co3(AsO4)2 · 8H2O
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Talc71.2.1.3Mg3Si4O10(OH)2
Group 74 - PHYLLOSILICATES Modulated Layers
Modulated Layers with joined strips
Chrysocolla74.3.2.1Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Garnierite'-
'Hornblende'-
'Hypersthene'-(Mg,Fe)SiO3
Kotulskite-Pd(Te,Bi)

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Glaukosphaerite(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2
H AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
H BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
H ErythriteCo3(AsO4)2 · 8H2O
H ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
H HeterogeniteCo3+O(OH)
H TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
CCarbon
C Glaukosphaerite(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2
C AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
OOxygen
O Glaukosphaerite(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2
O MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
O Hypersthene(Mg,Fe)SiO3
O AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
O BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
O ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
O CupriteCu2O
O ErythriteCo3(AsO4)2 · 8H2O
O ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
O HeterogeniteCo3+O(OH)
O TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
O QuartzSiO2
MgMagnesium
Mg Hypersthene(Mg,Fe)SiO3
Mg TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
AlAluminium
Al ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
SiSilicon
Si Hypersthene(Mg,Fe)SiO3
Si ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Si TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
Si QuartzSiO2
SSulfur
S Pentlandite(FexNiy)Σ9S8
S ViolariteFe2+Ni23+S4
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S PyriteFeS2
S PyrrhotiteFe7S8
S BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6
S ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
S MilleriteNiS
S MolybdeniteMoS2
S PolydymiteNi2+Ni23+S4
S SphaleriteZnS
S Godlevskite(Ni,Fe)9S8
CrChromium
Cr ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
FeIron
Fe Pentlandite(FexNiy)Σ9S8
Fe ViolariteFe2+Ni23+S4
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe PyrrhotiteFe7S8
Fe Hypersthene(Mg,Fe)SiO3
Fe ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
Fe Godlevskite(Ni,Fe)9S8
CoCobalt
Co ErythriteCo3(AsO4)2 · 8H2O
Co HeterogeniteCo3+O(OH)
NiNickel
Ni Pentlandite(FexNiy)Σ9S8
Ni ViolariteFe2+Ni23+S4
Ni Glaukosphaerite(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2
Ni MilleriteNiS
Ni PolydymiteNi2+Ni23+S4
Ni Godlevskite(Ni,Fe)9S8
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu Glaukosphaerite(Cu,Ni)2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Cu BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
Cu CupriteCu2O
Cu ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
AsArsenic
As SperrylitePtAs2
As ErythriteCo3(AsO4)2 · 8H2O
MoMolybdenum
Mo MolybdeniteMoS2
PdPalladium
Pd KotulskitePd(Te,Bi)
Pd Merenskyite(Pd,Pt)(Te,Bi)2
Pd Moncheite(Pt,Pd)(Te,Bi)2
Pd Palladium(Pd,Pt)
Pd MicheneritePdBiTe
TeTellurium
Te KotulskitePd(Te,Bi)
Te Merenskyite(Pd,Pt)(Te,Bi)2
Te Moncheite(Pt,Pd)(Te,Bi)2
Te MicheneritePdBiTe
PtPlatinum
Pt Moncheite(Pt,Pd)(Te,Bi)2
Pt SperrylitePtAs2
BiBismuth
Bi KotulskitePd(Te,Bi)
Bi Moncheite(Pt,Pd)(Te,Bi)2
Bi MicheneritePdBiTe

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]

Paleoproterozoic
1600 - 2500 Ma



ID: 2917264
Proterozoic basement rocks - Gneiss and schist

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Description: Exposed mostly in Clark and Lincoln Counties, with two small outliers in southern Nye County.

Comments: Original map source: Crafford, A.E.J., 2007, Geologic Map of Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 249, 1 CD-ROM, 46 p., 1 plate; Scale 1:250,000.

Lithology: Major:{gneiss,schist}

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]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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Dana 7:I:243; Theodore, Ted G., et al (1987), USGS Prof. Paper 1361: 71; Beal (1965); Rocks & Minerals (Nov. 1999).


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