Syracuse Mine (Plot No. 12; Plot #12), Northeast Carrizo Mountains Mining District, Carrizo Range, Apache Co., Arizona, USAi
|Regional Level Types|
|Syracuse Mine (Plot No. 12; Plot #12)||Mine|
|Northeast Carrizo Mountains Mining District||Mining District|
|Carrizo Range||Mountain Range|
A former V occurrence/mine located in approximate secs. 19 & 20, T39N, R31E, G&SRM 16.2 km (10.1 miles) N of Red Valley (outside the district). An U-V occurrence/mine located near the New Mexico state line. One of the mines in the East Reservation lease of the Vanadium Company of America (VCA). The majority of the mines in this lease are located in New Mexico. This is not the Syracuse (R.F.& R.) Mine, which is nearby.
Mineralization is carnotite in irregular tabular layers. Ore is found in clusters, usually associated with carbonaceous detritus. Tyuyamunite-type mineralization in lower Salt Wash Member of the Morrison Formation. Local rocks are rocks of the Glen Canyon Group.
Workings include underground openings comprised of 4 adits totaling about 140 feet with some stoping along a 250 foot distance.
Production data: During 1943 a small amount of ore was mined from the Syracuse plot by the Vanadium Corporation of America (VCA) (Coleman describes the mine as extant in 1944). In 1949, VCA mined a small amount of ore bypassed in earlier operation. This ore was included in East Reservation Lease shipments mainly from Plot 3 (Shadyside). (Page
Edwards, VCA field superintendent, personal communication to Chenoweth, 1955). The 1949 shipment probably amounted to 225 tons @0.27% U3O8; 2.96% V2O5.
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Commodity ListThis is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.
1 valid mineral.
Detailed Mineral List:
| ⓘ Carnotite|
Formula: K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
Reference: Stokes, W.L. (1951), Carnotite deposits in the Carrizo Mountains area, USGS Circ. III; Chenoweth, W.L. (1955), Geology and uranium deposits of NW Carrizo area, Four Corners Field Cove, No. 1; Chenoweth, W.L. (1973), Uranium deposits of NE Arizona, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 24th. Guidebook: 145; Pierce, W.H. (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 182: 235-248.
List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification
|Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides|
|ⓘ||Carnotite||4.HB.05||K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O|
List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification
|Group 40 - HYDRATED NORMAL PHOSPHATES,ARSENATES AND VANADATES|
|AB2(XO4)2·xH2O, containing (UO2)2+|
|ⓘ||Carnotite||40.2a.28.1||K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O|
List of minerals for each chemical element
|H||ⓘ Carnotite||K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O|
|O||ⓘ Carnotite||K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O|
|K||ⓘ Carnotite||K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O|
|V||ⓘ Carnotite||K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O|
|U||ⓘ Carnotite||K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O|
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
|Mesozoic sedimentary rocks|
Age: Mesozoic (174.1 - 237 Ma)
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. 
|Toarcian - Norian|
174.1 - 227 Ma
|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.
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.