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Black Mesa Kaolinite deposit, Black Mesa, Navajo Co., Arizona, USAi
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Black Mesa Kaolinite depositMesa
Black MesaPeak
Navajo Co.County
ArizonaState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
34° 23' 12'' North , 110° 4' 38'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
White Mountain Lake2,205 (2011)8.5km
Taylor4,151 (2017)8.8km
Linden2,597 (2011)13.5km
Snowflake5,666 (2017)14.1km
Show Low10,860 (2017)15.4km


A clay occurrence along the E and SE edges of Black Mesa.

Mineralization is hosted in sandstone of the Westwater Canyon member of the Morrison Formation and in the Cow Springs & Mesa Verde Formations.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate
Colorado Plateau, USAPlateau

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Commodity List

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Mineral List


1 valid mineral.

Detailed Mineral List:

Kaolinite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Description: As a cement or matrix in the host rocks.
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 266.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 9 - Silicates
Kaolinite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
OOxygen
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
AlAluminium
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
SiSilicon
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4

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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Holocene - Zanclean
0 - 5.333 Ma



ID: 2739601
Holocene to middle Pliocene basaltic rocks

Age: Cenozoic (0 - 5.333 Ma)

Description: Mostly dark-colored basaltic lava and cinders young enough that some original volcanic landforms are still apparent. Includes a small amount of andesite, dacite, and rhyolite. Rocks of this map unit are largely restricted to six areas widely distributed in Arizona: San Francisco and Uinkaret volcanic fields in northern Arizona (0-4 Ma); Springerville (0-4 Ma) and San Carlos (0-2 Ma) volcanic fields in east-central Arizona; and San Bernardino (0-1 Ma) and Sentinel (1-4 Ma) volcanic fields in southern Arizona. Rocks of this unit are also present in the extreme southwestern part of Arizona where they were erupted at the edge of the Pinacate volcanic field (0-2 Ma) in northwestern Sonora. (0-4 Ma)

Comments: Largely in six volcanic fields: San Francisco, Unikaret, Springerville, San Carlos, San Bernardino, and Sentinal. 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:{basalt}, Minor:{andesite,dacite,rhyolite}

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]

Pliocene
2.588 - 5.333 Ma



ID: 3192320
Cenozoic volcanic rocks

Age: Pliocene (2.588 - 5.333 Ma)

Lithology: Volcanic 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]

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Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 266.


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