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San Francisco Mine (Cerro Prieto Mine), Cerro Prieto, Cucurpe, Mun. de Cucurpe, Sonora, Mexicoi
Regional Level Types
San Francisco Mine (Cerro Prieto Mine)Mine
Cerro PrietoMountain
Cucurpe- not defined -
Mun. de CucurpeMunicipality
Sonora- not defined -
MexicoCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 30° 18' North , 110° 41' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 30.30000,-110.68333
GeoHash:G#: 9t3k37fy7
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BSh : Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Cucurpe588 (2018)4.0km
Merésichic183 (2013)30.0km
Estación Llano1,292 (2018)40.9km
Opodepe344 (2018)41.9km
Querobabi1,988 (2018)43.1km


A gold mine initially, then a gold-silver-molybdenum mine. Owned by Anaconda (1934). Started in the late 1800's and closed 1912. Reopened mid 1980's. Produced 720 tons ore/day (1909). Workings were 1,100 feet (350 meters) deep.

Known for excellent wulfenite crystals.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate
Sonoran Desert, North AmericaDesert

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


11 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Anglesite
Formula: PbSO4
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.
Cerussite
Formula: PbCO3
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.
Goethite
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.
Gold
Formula: Au
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.
Mimetite
Formula: Pb5(AsO4)3Cl
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.
Pyromorphite
Formula: Pb5(PO4)3Cl
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.
Quartz var: Amethyst
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.
Quartz var: Rock Crystal
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.
Wulfenite
Formula: Pb(MoO4)
Description: 150,000+ specimens
Reference: Panczner (1987): 94-397.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Gold1.AA.05Au
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Goethite4.00.α-Fe3+O(OH)
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
var: Amethyst4.DA.05SiO2
var: Rock Crystal4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Cerussite5.AB.15PbCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Anglesite7.AD.35PbSO4
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4
Wulfenite7.GA.05Pb(MoO4)
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Mimetite8.BN.05Pb5(AsO4)3Cl
Pyromorphite8.BN.05Pb5(PO4)3Cl

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Gold1.1.1.1Au
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Goethite6.1.1.2α-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Cerussite14.1.3.4PbCO3
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Anglesite28.3.1.3PbSO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Group 41 - ANHYDROUS PHOSPHATES, ETC.CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
A5(XO4)3Zq
Mimetite41.8.4.2Pb5(AsO4)3Cl
Pyromorphite41.8.4.1Pb5(PO4)3Cl
Group 48 - ANHYDROUS MOLYBDATES AND TUNGSTATES
AXO4
Wulfenite48.1.3.1Pb(MoO4)
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
var: Amethyst-SiO2
var: Rock Crystal-SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
CCarbon
C CerussitePbCO3
OOxygen
O WulfenitePb(MoO4)
O MimetitePb5(AsO4)3Cl
O CerussitePbCO3
O BaryteBaSO4
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O Quartz (var: Rock Crystal)SiO2
O PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl
O Quartz (var: Amethyst)SiO2
O AnglesitePbSO4
O QuartzSiO2
SiSilicon
Si Quartz (var: Rock Crystal)SiO2
Si Quartz (var: Amethyst)SiO2
Si QuartzSiO2
PPhosphorus
P PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl
SSulfur
S BaryteBaSO4
S GalenaPbS
S PyriteFeS2
S AnglesitePbSO4
ClChlorine
Cl MimetitePb5(AsO4)3Cl
Cl PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl
FeIron
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
Fe PyriteFeS2
AsArsenic
As MimetitePb5(AsO4)3Cl
MoMolybdenum
Mo WulfenitePb(MoO4)
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
AuGold
Au GoldAu
PbLead
Pb WulfenitePb(MoO4)
Pb MimetitePb5(AsO4)3Cl
Pb CerussitePbCO3
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb PyromorphitePb5(PO4)3Cl
Pb AnglesitePbSO4

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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Quaternary - Miocene
0 - 23.03 Ma



ID: 3185380
Cenozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Cenozoic (0 - 23.03 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary 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]

Late Jurassic
145 - 163.5 Ma



ID: 2436196

Age: Jurassic (145 - 163.5 Ma)

Lithology: Siltstone-sandstone

Reference: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática. Conjunto de Datos Vectoriales Geológicos. Continuo Nacional. Escala 1:1’000,000. [63]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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Year (asc) Year (desc) Author (A-Z) Author (Z-A)
Panczner (1987): 94, 143, 205, 214, 275, 318, 397.
Rocks & Minerals: 65: 26.
Moore (2004): Famous Mineral Localities: San Francisco mine, Sonora Mexico. Mineralogical Record 35 (6), 41-61; 65.


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