Big Six Mine, Sanders, Sanders-Defiance Plateau area (Sanders-Cheto District), Apache Co., Arizona, USAi
|Regional Level Types|
|Big Six Mine||Mine|
|Sanders-Defiance Plateau area (Sanders-Cheto District)||Area|
A bentonite occurrence/mine located in the SE¼SE¼NE¼ sec. 6, T21N, R28E, G&SRM, 7.5 km (4.7 miles) WNW of Sanders. The USGS MRDS database stated accuracy for this locality is 100 meters.
Mineralization is bentonite hosted in altered Pliocene tuff of the Bidahochi Formation. The bentonite ranges in thickness from 3 to 5 feet and up to 9 feet. It is chiefly calcium montmorillonite and contains only minor quantities of quartz and feldspar impurities. Local rocks include Pliocene to middle Miocene deposits.
Workings include mostly surface strip mining methods. Thick overburden has made strip mining less favorable.
Regions containing this locality
|North America Plate||Tectonic Plate|
|Colorado Plateau, USA||Plateau|
|Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, USA||Reservation|
|Hopi-Navajo Indian Reservations, Colorado Plateau, Apache; Navajo and San Juan Cos., Arizona & Utah, USA|
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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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|Gelasian - Burdigalian|
1.806 - 20.44 Ma
|Pliocene to middle Miocene deposits|
Age: Cenozoic (1.806 - 20.44 Ma)
Description: Moderately to strongly consolidated conglomerate and sandstone deposited in basins during and after late Tertiary faulting. Includes lesser amounts of mudstone, siltstone, limestone, and gypsum. These deposits are generally light gray or tan. They commonly form high rounded hills and ridges in modern basins, and locally form prominent bluffs. Deposits of this unit are widely exposed in the dissected basins of southeastern and central Arizona. (2-16 Ma)
Comments: In dissected basins of southeast and central Arizona 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. 
2.588 - 5.333 Ma
|Cenozoic sedimentary rocks|
Age: Pliocene (2.588 - 5.333 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.