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Mesa 2 pit (Mesa 2 Mine), White Ash Peak, Lukachukai Mining District, Lukachukai Mountains, Apache County, Arizona, USAi
Regional Level Types
Mesa 2 pit (Mesa 2 Mine)Mine
White Ash PeakPeak
Lukachukai Mining DistrictMining District
Lukachukai MountainsMountain Range
Apache CountyMine
ArizonaState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
36° 31' 54'' North , 109° 14' 6'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Lukachukai1,701 (2011)12.8km
Round Rock789 (2011)21.4km
Tsaile1,205 (2011)25.4km
Sehili135 (2011)28.6km
Sanostee371 (2011)34.4km


A former U-V occurrence/mine located in the approximate sec. 16, T36N, R29E, G&SR%M, 3.3 miles SE of White Ash Peak. T&R values are not presented for this location.

Mineralization is tyuyamunite and carnotite in lenticular masses hosted in Late Jurassic mudstone and sandstone of the Salt Wash Member of Morrison Formation. The ore body is 6.1 meters thick. The mineralized zone lies 40 to 60 feet above the base of the Salt Wash Member. Ore bodies occur in units showing the most rapid variation in thickness in the Mescal limestone. Local rocks include rocks of the Glen Canyon Group.

Workings include surface openings comprised of a pit.

Resources are largely depleted.

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3 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Carnotite
Formula: K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
Reference: Chenoweth, W.L. (1967), Uranium deposits of the Lukachukai Mts, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 18th Guidebook: 78-84; Chenoweth, W.L. (1973), Uranium deposits of northeastern Arizona, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 24th. Guidebook: 139; Dare, W.L. (1961), Uranium mining in the Lukachukai Mts., US Bur. Mines Info Circ. 8011: 2-30; Peirce, W.H. (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, AZ Bur. of Mines Bull. 182: 235-248.
Tyuyamunite
Formula: Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
Reference: Chenoweth, W.L. (1967), Uranium deposits of the Lukachukai Mts, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 18th Guidebook: 78-84; Chenoweth, W.L. (1973), Uranium deposits of northeastern Arizona, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 24th. Guidebook: 139; Dare, W.L. (1961), Uranium mining in the Lukachukai Mts., US Bur. Mines Info Circ. 8011: 2-30; Peirce, W.H. (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, AZ Bur. of Mines Bull. 182: 235-248.
Uraninite
Formula: UO2
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 406; Jorralemon, I.B. (1952), Age cannot wither her varieties of geological experience, Econ.Geol.: 47: 243-259; Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 34.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Carnotite4.HB.05K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
Tyuyamunite4.HB.25Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
Uraninite4.DL.05UO2

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 5 - OXIDES CONTAINING URANIUM OR THORIUM
AXO2·xH2O
Uraninite5.1.1.1UO2
Group 40 - HYDRATED NORMAL PHOSPHATES,ARSENATES AND VANADATES
AB2(XO4)2·xH2O, containing (UO2)2+
Carnotite40.2a.28.1K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
Tyuyamunite40.2a.26.1Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
H TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
OOxygen
O CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
O TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
O UraniniteUO2
KPotassium
K CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
CaCalcium
Ca TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
VVanadium
V CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
V TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
UUranium
U CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
U TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
U UraniniteUO2

References

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Year (asc) Year (desc) Author (A-Z) Author (Z-A) In-text Citation No.
Jorralemon, I.B. (1952), Age cannot wither her varieties of geological experience, Economic Geology: 47: 243-259.
Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of Arizona: 34.
Dare, W.L. (1961), Uranium mining in the Lukachukai Mountains, U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 8011: 2-30.
Chenoweth, W.L. (1967), The uranium deposits of the Lukachukai Mountains, in New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 18th. Field Conference, Guidebook of Defiance-Zuni-Mt. Taylor region, Arizona & New Mexico: 78-85.
Peirce, H. Wesley, S.B. Keith and J.C.Wilt (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 182: 235-248.
Chenoweth, W.L. and Malan, Roger C. (1973), The Uranium deposits of northeastern Arizona, in: Monument Valley (Arizona, Utah and New Mexico), James, H. L.; [ed.], New Mexico Geological Society 24th. Annual Fall Field Conference Guidebook, 232 p. : 139-149.
Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143. RME-2071: 119.
Welty, J.W., Reynolds, S.J., Keith, S.B., Gest, D.E., Trapp, R.A., and DeWitt, Ed (1985) Mine index for metallic mineral districts of Arizona: Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Bulletin 196, 92 p.: 3. (district assignment)
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd. ed.: 406.
USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10027457.
U.S. Department of Energy files.
USGS Redrock Valley, Arizona, quadrangle 15 minute topo map.
Shiprock NTMS.

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