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Devil's Cash Box ridge, Amado, Cottonwood Canyon, Tyndall District, Santa Rita Mts, Santa Cruz Co., Arizona, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 31° 41' 6'' North , 110° 54' 54'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 31.68500,-110.91500
Other regions containing this locality:Sonoran Desert, North America
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate


‡Ref.: Schrader, F.C. & J.M. Hill (1915), Mineral deposits of the Santa Rita and Patagonia Mountains, Arizona, USGS Bull. 582: 185.

This is a structure located toward the outer edge of the Montosa-Caliente belt of Paleozoic sediments. It is a monoclinal north-south foothill hogback ridge capped by limestone dipping 40º-60ºW. into the Santa cruz Valley. The ridge extends from a point near Agua Caliente to Montosa Basin, being about a mile long, and is separated from the slope of the main ridge by a narrow piedmont valley. The name is derived from the mineral deposits found in it at various points.

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Ypresian - Campanian
47.8 - 83.6 Ma



ID: 2775064
Early Tertiary to Late Cretaceous granitic rocks

Age: Phanerozoic (47.8 - 83.6 Ma)

Description: Porphyritic to equigranular granite to diorite emplaced during the Laramide orogeny. Larger plutons are characteristically medium-grained, biotite +/- hornblende granodiorite to granite. Smaller, shallow-level intrusions are typically porphyritic. Most of the large copper deposits in Arizona are associated with porphyritic granitic rocks of this unit, and are thus named 'porphyry copper deposits'. (50-82 Ma)

Comments: Laramide metaluminous; associated with porphyry Cu deposits

Lithology: Major:{granite,granodiorite,diorite}

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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