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San Rafael District (San Rafael Swell), Emery Co., Utah, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 38° 49' 25'' North , 110° 40' 36'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 38.82361,-110.67667
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate


The San Rafael Swell is a large anticline, a geologic feature of approximately 75 miles (121 km) by 40 miles (64 km), located entirely within Emery County in south-central Utah. The feature consists of sandstone, shale, and limestone that was pushed up during the Laramide orogeny. Erosion has sculpted the exposed sedimentary rocks into scenic valleys, canyons, gorges, mesas and buttes. Portions of the area are protected as wilderness areas. This feature lies in the Colorado Plateau region.


Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded from this region.


Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities

Abernathyite (TL)

Aluminocopiapite (TL)

Alunite

Alunogen

Amphibole Supergroup

Analcime

Andersonite

Anglesite

Anhydrite

Ankerite

Anorthite

Anorthominasragrite (TL)

Antlerite

'Apatite'

Arsenic

Arsenopyrite

Augite

Autunite

Azurite

Baryte

Bassetite

Bayleyite

Becquerelite

Bieberite

Billietite

'Biotite'

Bobjonesite (TL)

Boltwoodite (TL)

Bornite

'Bravoite'

Brochantite

Butlerite

Calcite

var: Cobaltoan Calcite

'Carbonate'

Carnallite

Carnotite

Celadonite

Celestine

Cerussite

Chalcanthite

Chalcocite

Chalcopyrite

Chrysocolla

'Clays'

Cobaltomenite

Coffinite

Compreignacite

Copiapite

Coquimbite

Corvusite

Covellite

Cyanotrichite

Diadochite

Dolomite

Erythrite

'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'

Felsőbányaite

Fernandinite

Ferricopiapite

Ferroselite

Fibroferrite

Fourmarierite

Freboldite

Galena

Goethite

Goldichite (TL)

'Gummite'

Gypsum

var: Alabaster

Halite

Halotrichite

'Halotrichite Group'

Heinrichite

Hematite

Hewettite

Hummerite

Ilmenite

Jarosite

Johannite

Kaolinite

'K Feldspar'

'var: Adularia'

Kornelite

Krausite

'Labradorite'

'Limonite'

Löllingite

'Lorettoite'

Magnesiozippeite (TL)

Magnesite

Magnetite

Malachite

Marcasite

Marécottite

'Mariposite'

Melanterite

Meta-aluminite (TL)

Meta-autunite

Metahewettite

Metatorbernite

Metatyuyamunite

Metazeunerite

Minasragrite

Molybdenite

Montroseite

Moolooite

Muscovite

var: Illite

Natrolite

Natrozippeite

Nickeline

'Olivine'

Opal

var: Opal-AN

Orpiment

Orthominasragrite (TL)

Parabutlerite

Paramontroseite

Pascoite

'Petrified Wood'

'Phengite'

Phosphuranylite

Pintadoite

Pitticite

Pyrite

Quartz

var: Agate

var: Amethyst

var: Chalcedony

var: Jasper

Rabbittite (TL)

Rauvite (TL)

Realgar

Römerite

Roscoelite

Rozenite

Rutherfordine

Schoepite

Schröckingerite

Scorodite

Siderite

Sideronatrite

Sphalerite

Spherocobaltite

Strelkinite

Sulphur

Sylvite

Szomolnokite

Tennantite

Tetrahedrite

'Thomsonite'

Torbernite

Tyuyamunite

Uraninite

var: Pitchblende

Uranophane

Uranophane-β

Uranopilite

Uvanite (TL)

Vandendriesscheite

Volborthite

Voltaite

Wulfenite

Yingjiangite

Zeunerite

Zippeite


140 valid minerals. 12 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Geochronology

Mineralization age: Miocene : 18.9 ± 5.6 Ma to 9.5 ± 5.3 Ma

Important note: This table is based only on rock and mineral ages recorded below and is not necessarily a complete representation of the geochronology, but does give an indication of possible mineralization events relevant to this locality. As more age information is added this table may expand in the future. A break in the table simply indicates a lack of data entered here, not necessarily a break in the geologic sequence. Grey background entries are from different, related, localities.

Geologic TimeRocks, Minerals and Events
Phanerozoic
 Cenozoic
  Neogene
   Miocene
ⓘ Alunite (youngest age)9.5 ± 5.3 MaTemple Mountain, San Rafael District (San Rafael Swell), Emery Co., Utah, USA
ⓘ Alunite (oldest age)18.9 ± 5.6 MaTemple Mountain, San Rafael District (San Rafael Swell), Emery Co., Utah, USA

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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Early Triassic
247.2 - 252.17 Ma



ID: 2991462
Moenkopi Formation

Age: Early Triassic (247.2 - 252.17 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Moenkopi Formation

Comments: fluvial, mudflat, sabkha, shallow marine; redbeds

Lithology: Major:{sandstone mudstone}, Minor:{limestone}, Incidental:{gypsum, conglomerate}

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


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