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San Martín Mine, San Martín-Sabinas District, San Martín, Sombrerete Municipality, Zacatecas, Mexicoi
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
23° 39' 48'' North , 103° 44' 45'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
San Martin1,313 (2018)1.0km
Providencia117 (2014)5.8km
San José de Félix985 (2014)6.5km
San José de Canutillo139 (2018)6.9km
El Saucillo203 (2014)9.5km
Name(s) in local language(s):
Mina San Martin


The San Martin Mine was operated by Grupo Mexico until the late 2000s when it closed due to labor unrest. It remains closed as of today (2012). The San Martin Mine exploits the southeastern part of the same skarn orebody actively exploited by Industrias Penoles through their Sabinas Mine. The property boundary between the two companies dovetails irregularly through the western part of the skarn body and the mineralogy is essentially identical on both sides of the boundary so there is no geological difference between the two mines. However, the San Martin Mine got started going deep 25 years before Sabinas so was operating at much deeper levels at any given time. This means minerals characteristic of the upper levels of the system (apophyllite, stilbite, stibnite) came out of Sabinas 20 years or so after they came out of San Martin. Since San Martin closed in the late 2000s all specimens from the district have come from Sabinas.

Most of the minerals seen from San Martin are primary species, but oxidation affected the deposit from the surface to about the 150 m level. Most of the oxides were mined out long ago, but small prospect and high-grade pits dot the surface and oxide minerals can be found there. These oxide minerals reflect their sulfide precursors with chrysocolla and azurite seen around the peripheries and adamite and conichalcite and cerussite towards the intrusive contact.

Prior to 1948 the San Martin Mine exploited narrow high-grade veins that cut the skarn and extend beyond it. These structures continue to depth and appear to be the principal feeders for the sulfide mineralization stage. At great depth (>18 Level) these structures contain massive sulfide mineralizaation consisting of almost pure chalcopyrite and bornite, locally laced by late native silver. They can also be traced upwards to the top of Cerro La Gloria where they show classic epithermal brecciation and mineralization textures such as quartz pseudomorphs after bladed calcite. Some of these mines produced some of the richest silver ores ever produced in Mexico outisde of Batopilas and the district was recognized as the source of the wealth that allowed Mexico to free itself from Spanish rule in the early 1800s.

Many specimens from the Sabinas Mine and probably San Martin as well bear an erroneous "Noria Mine" or "La Noria de San Pantaleon" label, often from Blue Sky Minerals, which brought out a lot of material from the district in the 90s. Specimens younger than 1975 cannot have come from La Noria and since the Sabinas Shaft and Ramp lie over a kilometer from the Noria Shaft and the Sabinas mine workings have never been accessible through the Noria workings there is no justification for labeling them as Noria. La Noria de San Pantaleon was the small mine colony at the headframe of the Noria Mine. This settlement shows on government maps but was largely abandoned by the 1980s. in 1999 there were only one or two habitable buildings left. If one desires a nearby community for location attribution "San Martin" which is the miners town of several hundred people 2 kilometers from the Sabinas installations,is a better choice than San Pantaleon.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


27 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

'Axinite Group'
Reference: Peter Megaw
Berthierite
Formula: FeSb2S4
Habit: Brown epitaxi on Stbnite xls to several cm
Colour: Brown
Fluorescence: none
Description: A number of these brown stibnites were on the market in the early eighties.
Reference: RWMW specimen
Bornite
Formula: Cu5FeS4
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Habit: lustrous simple rhombs to several mm
Colour: white
Description: Gives a nice contrast to Stibnite and Berthierite
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
Covellite
Formula: CuS
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
Datolite
Formula: CaB(SiO4)(OH)
Reference: Peter Megaw
'Diopside-Hedenbergite Series'
Reference: Peter Megaw
Fluorapophyllite-(K)
Formula: KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
Reference: photos of new finds
Fluorite
Formula: CaF2
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Rob Lavinsky photo
Grossular
Formula: Ca3Al2(SiO4)3
Reference: Peter Megaw
Hedenbergite
Formula: CaFe2+Si2O6
Reference: Peter Megaw
Hedenbergite var: Ferrosalite
Reference: Peter Megaw
Jamesonite
Formula: Pb4FeSb6S14
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
Laumontite
Formula: CaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Reference: Richard Dale collection
Molybdenite
Formula: MoS2
Reference: Peter Megaw
Powellite
Formula: Ca(MoO4)
Reference: Peter Megaw
Proustite
Formula: Ag3AsS3
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
Pyrrhotite
Formula: Fe7S8
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
Scheelite
Formula: Ca(WO4)
Reference: Peter Megaw
Scolecite
Formula: CaAl2Si3O10 · 3H2O
Reference: Peter Megaw
Silver
Formula: Ag
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
Stephanite
Formula: Ag5SbS4
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
Stibnite
Formula: Sb2S3
Habit: Terminated prisms to several cm.
Colour: grey
Description: Many of these stibnites had brown Berthierite in epitaxi
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
'Stilbite subgroup'
Reference: Panczner (1987): 120-399.
'Tetrahedrite'
Formula: Cu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
Reference: Dana Slaughter Minerals Dealer Stock;
Wickmanite
Formula: Mn2+[Sn(OH)6]
Reference: Peter Megaw
Xanthoconite
Formula: Ag3AsS3
Reference: Panczner (1987): 399.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Silver1.AA.05Ag
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Berthierite2.HA.20FeSb2S4
Bornite2.BA.15Cu5FeS4
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Covellite2.CA.05aCuS
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Jamesonite2.HB.15Pb4FeSb6S14
Molybdenite2.EA.30MoS2
Proustite2.GA.05Ag3AsS3
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Pyrrhotite2.CC.10Fe7S8
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Stephanite2.GB.10Ag5SbS4
Stibnite2.DB.05Sb2S3
'Tetrahedrite'2.GB.05Cu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
Xanthoconite2.GA.10Ag3AsS3
Group 3 - Halides
Fluorite3.AB.25CaF2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Wickmanite4.FC.10Mn2+[Sn(OH)6]
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Powellite7.GA.05Ca(MoO4)
Scheelite7.GA.05Ca(WO4)
Group 9 - Silicates
Datolite9.AJ.20CaB(SiO4)(OH)
Fluorapophyllite-(K)9.EA.15KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
Grossular9.AD.25Ca3Al2(SiO4)3
Hedenbergite9.DA.15CaFe2+Si2O6
var: Ferrosalite9.DA.15CaFe2+Si2O6
Laumontite9.GB.10CaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Scolecite9.GA.05CaAl2Si3O10 · 3H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Axinite Group'-
'Diopside-Hedenbergite Series'-
'Stilbite subgroup'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Silver1.1.1.2Ag
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 3:2
Bornite2.5.2.1Cu5FeS4
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Covellite2.8.12.1CuS
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Pyrrhotite2.8.10.1Fe7S8
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:3
Stibnite2.11.2.1Sb2S3
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Molybdenite2.12.10.1MoS2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
ø = 4
Stephanite3.2.4.1Ag5SbS4
3 <ø < 4
'Tetrahedrite'3.3.6.1Cu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
ø = 3
Proustite3.4.1.1Ag3AsS3
Xanthoconite3.4.2.1Ag3AsS3
2 < ø < 2.49
Jamesonite3.6.7.1Pb4FeSb6S14
ø = 2
Berthierite3.7.9.3FeSb2S4
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
X(OH)3
Wickmanite6.3.6.1Mn2+[Sn(OH)6]
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX2
Fluorite9.2.1.1CaF2
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 48 - ANHYDROUS MOLYBDATES AND TUNGSTATES
AXO4
Powellite48.1.2.2Ca(MoO4)
Scheelite48.1.2.1Ca(WO4)
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in [6] and >[6] coordination
Grossular51.4.3b.2Ca3Al2(SiO4)3
Group 54 - NESOSILICATES Borosilicates and Some Beryllosilicates
Borosilicates and Some Beryllosilicates with B in [4] coordination
Datolite54.2.1a.1CaB(SiO4)(OH)
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=2
Hedenbergite65.1.3a.2CaFe2+Si2O6
Group 72 - PHYLLOSILICATES Two-Dimensional Infinite Sheets with Other Than Six-Membered Rings
Two-Dimensional Infinite Sheets with Other Than Six-Membered Rings with 3-, 4-, or 5-membered rings and 8-membered rings
Fluorapophyllite-(K)72.3.1.1KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Group 77 - TECTOSILICATES Zeolites
Zeolite group - True zeolites
Laumontite77.1.1.4CaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Scolecite77.1.5.5CaAl2Si3O10 · 3H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Axinite Group'-
'Diopside-Hedenbergite Series'-
Hedenbergite
var: Ferrosalite
-CaFe2+Si2O6
'Stilbite subgroup'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Fluorapophyllite-(K)KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
H LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
H DatoliteCaB(SiO4)(OH)
H WickmaniteMn2+[Sn(OH)6]
H ScoleciteCaAl2Si3O10 · 3H2O
BBoron
B DatoliteCaB(SiO4)(OH)
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
OOxygen
O QuartzSiO2
O Fluorapophyllite-(K)KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
O LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
O ScheeliteCa(WO4)
O PowelliteCa(MoO4)
O DatoliteCaB(SiO4)(OH)
O GrossularCa3Al2(SiO4)3
O HedenbergiteCaFe2+Si2O6
O WickmaniteMn2+[Sn(OH)6]
O ScoleciteCaAl2Si3O10 · 3H2O
O CalciteCaCO3
FFluorine
F FluoriteCaF2
F Fluorapophyllite-(K)KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
AlAluminium
Al LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Al GrossularCa3Al2(SiO4)3
Al ScoleciteCaAl2Si3O10 · 3H2O
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Fluorapophyllite-(K)KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
Si LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Si DatoliteCaB(SiO4)(OH)
Si GrossularCa3Al2(SiO4)3
Si HedenbergiteCaFe2+Si2O6
Si ScoleciteCaAl2Si3O10 · 3H2O
SSulfur
S BerthieriteFeSb2S4
S StibniteSb2S3
S XanthoconiteAg3AsS3
S ProustiteAg3AsS3
S BorniteCu5FeS4
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S CovelliteCuS
S JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14
S PyriteFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
S PyrrhotiteFe7S8
S StephaniteAg5SbS4
S MolybdeniteMoS2
S GalenaPbS
S TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
KPotassium
K Fluorapophyllite-(K)KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
CaCalcium
Ca FluoriteCaF2
Ca Fluorapophyllite-(K)KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
Ca LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Ca ScheeliteCa(WO4)
Ca PowelliteCa(MoO4)
Ca DatoliteCaB(SiO4)(OH)
Ca GrossularCa3Al2(SiO4)3
Ca HedenbergiteCaFe2+Si2O6
Ca ScoleciteCaAl2Si3O10 · 3H2O
Ca CalciteCaCO3
MnManganese
Mn WickmaniteMn2+[Sn(OH)6]
FeIron
Fe BerthieriteFeSb2S4
Fe BorniteCu5FeS4
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe PyrrhotiteFe7S8
Fe HedenbergiteCaFe2+Si2O6
CuCopper
Cu BorniteCu5FeS4
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu CovelliteCuS
Cu TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
AsArsenic
As XanthoconiteAg3AsS3
As ProustiteAg3AsS3
MoMolybdenum
Mo PowelliteCa(MoO4)
Mo MolybdeniteMoS2
AgSilver
Ag XanthoconiteAg3AsS3
Ag ProustiteAg3AsS3
Ag SilverAg
Ag StephaniteAg5SbS4
SnTin
Sn WickmaniteMn2+[Sn(OH)6]
SbAntimony
Sb BerthieriteFeSb2S4
Sb StibniteSb2S3
Sb JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14
Sb StephaniteAg5SbS4
Sb TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
WTungsten
W ScheeliteCa(WO4)
PbLead
Pb JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14
Pb GalenaPbS

References

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Panczner (1987): 120, 155, 171, 243, 315, 356, 360, 364, 365, 399.
GRAF, A. (1997): Geology and porphyry-style mineralization of the Cerro de la Gloria stock associated with high-T, carbonate-hosted Zn-Cu-Ag (Pb) skarn mineralization, San Martin District, Zacatecas, Mexico. Unpubl. M.S. thesis, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 123p.
Megaw, P.K.M., 1997, Report on detailed geologic mapping of the Sabinas-San Martin Zn-Cu Skarn Property, Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico: Industrias Peñoles 73p. plus 1:5,000 geologic map.
Olivares, R.P., 1991, Economic geology of the San Martin mining district.: in: Salas, G.P., ed., Economic Geology, Mexico, Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, DNAG Volume P-3, p. 229-238.
Rubin, J.N., and Kyle, J.R., Mineralogy and Geology of the San Martin Skarn Deposit, Zacatecas, Mexico: Economic Geology, v. 83, no. 8., p. 1782-1801.

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