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Sunrise and Sunshine Mines (Sunshine-Sunrise group of claims; Sunshine group; Malone group), Papago District (Sierrita District), Sierrita Mts, Pima Co., Arizona, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 31° 52' 31'' North , 111° 16' 2'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 31.87528,-111.26750
Other regions containing this locality:Sonoran Desert, North America

A former small surface and underground Pb-Cu-Ag-Au-Zn-Baryte mine located in the SE¼ sec. 12, T18s, R10E. Produced 1880-1959. Operators included Arizona Lead Mines Co., Dry Concentrates, Ramsdell Mines Co., and the Shafer Mining and Milling Co.

Mineralization is a tabular ore body in a permeable shear zone with fractured limestone that facilitated or controlled replacement. Ore occurs on both walls of the fault where limestone is highly fractured. Limestone is veined with quartz-pyrite-galena-sphalerite, a little Cu staining, and a yellow Pb mineral. The ore body is 15.24 meters thick, strikes N20W and dips 24W. An associated rock unit is a granite. Alteration included quartz-sericite-pyrite; pyrite-gossan.

Workings included the main shaft with short drifts & crosscuts; open cut with a stope. Workings are 42.67 meters deep.

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13 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

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Olenekian - Ediacaran
247.2 - 635 Ma
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Neoproterozoic to Triassic (247.2 - 635 Ma)

Description: Undivided Paleozoic limestone, dolostone, quartzite, shale, and related sedimentary rocks. (248-544 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{limestone,dolostone,quartzite}, Minor:{shale}

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]

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Localities in this Region

  • Arizona
    • Pima Co.
      • Sierrita Mts
        • Papago District (Sierrita District)

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Ransome, F.L. (1922), Ore deposits of the Sierrita Mountains, Pima County, Arizona, USGS Bulletin 725-J: 407-428.

Higdon, C.E. (1933) Geology and ore deposits of the Sunshine area, Pima County, Arizona: Tucson, University of Arizona, M.S. thesis, 25 p.

Elsing, M.J. and Heineman, E.S. (1936) Arizona Metal Production, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bulletin 140.

Wilson, E.D., Moore, R.T., and O'Haire, R.T. (1960) Geologic map of Pima and Santa Cruz Counties, Arizona: Arizona Bureau of Mines, 1 sheet, scale 1:375,000 [now available as Arizona Geological Survey Map M-3-8].

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources (1967) file data.

Krieger, M.H. (1973) Field Examination.

Phillips, K.A. (1987), Arizona Industrial Minerals, 2nd. Edition, Arizona Department of Mines & Minerals Mineral Report 4, 185 pp.

Peirce, H. Wesley (1990), Arizona Geological Survey Industrial Minerals card file.

Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd. ed.: 169.

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10039560, MRDS ID #M050282; #10234471 and 10234947.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file #0040190421 & 0040190669.

USGS Palo Alto Ranch Quadrangle topo map.

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