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Mesa 6 Mine (Mesa VI Mine; Mesa No. 6 Mine), White Ash Peak, Lukachukai Mining District, Lukachukai Mts, Apache Co., Arizona, USAi
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Mesa 6 Mine (Mesa VI Mine; Mesa No. 6 Mine)Mine
White Ash PeakPeak
Lukachukai Mining DistrictMining District
Lukachukai MtsMountain Range
Apache Co.Mine
ArizonaState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
36° 32' 35'' North , 109° 16' 0'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Lukachukai1,701 (2011)14.5km
Round Rock789 (2011)18.8km
Tsaile1,205 (2011)27.1km
Sehili135 (2011)30.6km
Rock Point642 (2011)37.5km


A former U-V occurrence/mine located in the NE¼ sec. 7, T36N, R29E, G&SRM, 2.0 miles E of White Ash Peak. The USGS MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 500 meters. The geographic coordinates presented are taken from USGS MRDS file #10137123.

Mineralization is tyuyamunite and carnotite in lenticular masses hosted in Late Jurassic mudstone and sandstone of the Salt Wash Member of the Morrison Formation. The ore body is 3.05 meters long. Ore bodies occur in units showing the most rapid variation in thickness in the Salt Wash member of the Morrison formation. Tyuyamunite, pintadoite and pascoite occur in limy, quartzose sandstone of the Salt Wash member. Mineralization is associated with clay galls and clay seams. The lower 6-100 feet of the pink Salt Wash Member is barren. Local rocks include rocks of the Glen Canyon Group.

Workings include underground openings comprised of an incline and an adit.

Production was 8,994 tons of ore @ 0.24% U3O8; 1.12% V2O5 (1961-1964).

Analytical data results: 0.31% U3O8.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate
Rocky Mountains, North AmericaMountain Range
Colorado Plateau, USAPlateau
Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, USAReservation
Hopi-Navajo Indian Reservations, Colorado Plateau, Apache; Navajo and San Juan Cos., Arizona & Utah, USA

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4 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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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.
Pascoite
Formula: Ca3(V10O28) · 17H2O
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 323; Chenoweth, W.L. (1967), The uranium deposits of the Lukachukai Mountains, in New Mexico Geol. Soc. Guidebook 18th. Field Conf., Guidebook of Defiancee-Zuni-Mt. Taylor region, AZ & NM: 78-85; Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 78.
Pintadoite
Formula: Ca2(V2O7) · 9H2O
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 329; Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 78.
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.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Carnotite4.HB.05K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
Pascoite4.HC.05Ca3(V10O28) · 17H2O
Tyuyamunite4.HB.25Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Pintadoite8.FC.15Ca2(V2O7) · 9H2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

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
Group 47 - VANADIUM OXYSALTS
Anhydrous Vanadium Oxysalts Containing Hydroxyl or Halogen
Pascoite47.2.1.1Ca3(V10O28) · 17H2O
Vanadium Bronzes
Pintadoite47.4.3.1Ca2(V2O7) · 9H2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
H CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
H PascoiteCa3(V10O28) · 17H2O
H PintadoiteCa2(V2O7) · 9H2O
OOxygen
O TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
O CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
O PascoiteCa3(V10O28) · 17H2O
O PintadoiteCa2(V2O7) · 9H2O
KPotassium
K CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
CaCalcium
Ca TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
Ca PascoiteCa3(V10O28) · 17H2O
Ca PintadoiteCa2(V2O7) · 9H2O
VVanadium
V TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
V CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
V PascoiteCa3(V10O28) · 17H2O
V PintadoiteCa2(V2O7) · 9H2O
UUranium
U TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
U CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O

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 Jurassic - Late Triassic
174.1 - 237 Ma



ID: 3185972
Mesozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Mesozoic (174.1 - 237 Ma)

Lithology: Sandstone-conglomerate

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]

Toarcian - Norian
174.1 - 227 Ma



ID: 3018510
Glen Canyon Group

Age: Mesozoic (174.1 - 227 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Navajo Sandstone; Kayenta Formation; Moenave Formation

Description: Conspicuous red, cross-bedded Wingate Sandstone and the conspicuously cross-bedded, eolian, red to buff Navajo Sandstone form prominent cliffs in northern Arizona. These two sandstone units are separated by variably colored siltstone, silty sandstone, and sandstone of the Kayenta and Moenave Formations. (180-210 Ma)

Comments: 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:{sandstone}, Minor:{siltstone,sandstone mudstone}

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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Ellsworth, P. C., and Hatfield, K. G. (1951), Geology and ore deposits of Mesa VI, Lukachukai District, Arizona: U. S. Atomic Energy Commission RMO-802, Technical Information Service, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of Arizona: 78.
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: 121.
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.: 323, 329.
U.S. Bureau of Mines (1995), Minerals Availability System/Mineral Industry Location System (MAS/MILS), U.S. Bureau of Mines, file ID #0040010254.
USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10027490 & 10137123.
Arizona Department of Mineral Resources MESA claims file.
Preliminary map #28, Department of Energy: Mine location map & ore production data; Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Mesa claims file.
USGS crib list record #M003192.
USGS Los Gigantes Buttes, Arizona, quadrangle 15 minute topo map.
Shiprock NTMS.


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