Upper Red Wash Mine (Nakai Chee Begay), Red Rock (Red Valley), Red Rock Mining District, Apache Co., Arizona, USAi
|Regional Level Types|
|Upper Red Wash Mine (Nakai Chee Begay)||Mine|
|Red Rock (Red Valley)||Town|
|Red Rock Mining District||Mining District|
A former U-V occurrence/mine located in the approximate SE¼ sec. 36, T38N, R31E, G&SRM, 4.6 km (2.8 miles) S of Red Valley and 0.35 miles W of Red Wash, about 3 miles N of the Red Rock Trading Post, near the Arizona-New Mexico state line.
Mineralization is tyuyamunite in irregular tabular layers hosted in the Salt Wash member of the Morrison formation (Late Jurassic claystone, siltstone and sandstone of the Salt Wash Member of Morrison Formation). Ore is found in clusters, usually associated with carbonaceous detritus. Tyuyamunite occurs in carbonaceous sandstone as rolls and pods near the base of the Salt Wash Member. Local rocks include rocks of the San Rafael Group.
Workings include unspecified underground openings.
Production was 378 tons of ore @ 0.22% U3O8; 1.44% V2O5 (1950-1953). An additional 442 tons of "no pay ore" (0.08% U3O8; 0.21% V2O5) was shipped in 1951-1953.
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1 valid mineral.
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Detailed Mineral List:
| ⓘ Tyuyamunite|
Formula: Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
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|
|ⓘ||Tyuyamunite||4.HB.25||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification
|Group 40 - HYDRATED NORMAL PHOSPHATES,ARSENATES AND VANADATES|
|AB2(XO4)2·xH2O, containing (UO2)2+|
|ⓘ||Tyuyamunite||40.2a.26.1||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
List of minerals for each chemical element
|H||ⓘ Tyuyamunite||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
|O||ⓘ Tyuyamunite||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
|Ca||ⓘ Tyuyamunite||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
|V||ⓘ Tyuyamunite||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
|U||ⓘ Tyuyamunite||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
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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|Oxfordian - Toarcian|
157.3 - 182.7 Ma
|San Rafael Group|
Age: Jurassic (157.3 - 182.7 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Carmel Formation; Entrada Sandstone
Description: Commonly cross-bedded, ledge-forming sandstone and slope-forming siltstone. Rock typically has a striped red and white aspect. The Carmel Formation and Entrada Sandstone are prominent members of this group. (Late to Middle Jurassic, about 160-180 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. 
|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.