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Mesa 4½ Mine (Mesa IV½ Mine; 1212 Mine; Tom Joe No. 1), White Ash Peak, Lukachukai Mining District, Lukachukai Mts, Apache Co., Arizona, USAi
Regional Level Types
Mesa 4½ Mine (Mesa IV½ Mine; 1212 Mine; Tom Joe No. 1)Mine
White Ash PeakPeak
Lukachukai Mining DistrictMining District
Lukachukai MtsMountain Range
Apache Co.Mine
ArizonaState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
36° 31' 52'' North , 109° 15' 28'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Lukachukai1,701 (2011)13.0km
Round Rock789 (2011)19.4km
Tsaile1,205 (2011)25.6km
Sehili135 (2011)29.1km
Sanostee371 (2011)36.3km
Other/historical names associated with this locality:
Simpson #`181; George Simpson #2; MP-181


A former U-V occurrence/mine located in the SE¼ sec. 7, T36N, R29E, G&SRM, 1.7 miles SE of White Ash Peak. The USGS MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 100 meters. Operated by Kerr-HcGee, and later by Vanadium Corporation of America. NOTE: The geographic coordinates presented are taken from MRDS file #10102504. MRDS file #10233930 presents alternate coordinates of 36.53862, -109.26567.

Mineralization is tyuyamunite and carnotite in lenticular masses. Ore bodies occur in units showing the most rapid variation in thickness in the Salt Wash member of the Morrison formation. Widely scattered clusters of small bodies of metatyuyamunite, pascoite, melanovanadite, hummerite, rossite, and metarossite in lenticular Salt Wash Member sandstone interbedded with thin bands of bluish mudstone and surrounded by barren reddish sandstone and mudstone. The bodies are often connected by thin mineralized bands and occur in several horizons about 40 feet above the Bluff sandstone contact. Most mineralization is associated with paleostream channels and carbon matter. Traces of uraninite are found in carbonized wood. Fine-grained iron oxides occur as pseudomorphs after pyrite or as earthy coatings on clay galls. Thickness of ore varies from a few inches to 6 feet, averaging 2.5 - 3.0 feet. Ore is irregularly tabular and elongated along sedimentary structures. Local rocks include Oligocene to Paleocene[?] sedimentary rocks.

Workings included underground openings comprised of an adit from the rim with room and pillar operations. Connects with Mesa 5 Mine.

Production was 8,977 tons @ 0.25% U3O8; 1.58% V2O5 (1954-1955, 1960, 1965 & 1968). Includes production from the westward extension, called Simpson #l8l.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate
Rocky Mountains, North AmericaMountain Range
Colorado Plateau, USAPlateau
Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, USAReservation
Hopi-Navajo Indian Reservations, Colorado Plateau, Apache; Navajo and San Juan Cos., Arizona & Utah, USA

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Mineral List


9 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

Carnotite
Formula: K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
Reference: Chenoweth, W.L. (1967), Uranium deposits of the Lukachukai Mts, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 18th Guidebook: 78-84; Chenoweth, W.L. (1973), Uranium deposits of northeastern Arizona, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 24th. Guidebook: 139.; Chenoweth, W.L. (1967), Uranium deposits of the Lukachukai Mts, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 18th Guidebook: 78-84; Chenoweth, W.L. (1973), Uranium deposits of northeastern Arizona, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 24th. Guidebook: 139.
Hummerite
Formula: K2Mg2(V10O28) · 16H2O
Reference: Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143. RME-2071: 121.
Melanovanadite
Formula: Ca(V5+,V4+)4O10 · 5H2O
Reference: Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143. RME-2071: 121.
Metarossite
Formula: Ca(V2O6) · 2H2O
Reference: Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143. RME-2071: 121.
Metatyuyamunite
Formula: Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3-5H2O
Reference: Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143. RME-2071: 121.
Pascoite
Formula: Ca3(V10O28) · 17H2O
Reference: Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143. RME-2071: 121.
Rossite
Formula: Ca(VO3)2•4H2O
Reference: Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143. RME-2071: 121.
Tyuyamunite
Formula: Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
Reference: Chenoweth, W.L. (1967), Uranium deposits of the Lukachukai Mts, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 18th Guidebook: 78-84; Chenoweth, W.L. (1973), Uranium deposits of northeastern Arizona, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 24th. Guidebook: 139.; Chenoweth, W.L. (1967), Uranium deposits of the Lukachukai Mts, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 18th Guidebook: 78-84; Chenoweth, W.L. (1973), Uranium deposits of northeastern Arizona, New Mexico Geol. Soc. 24th. Guidebook: 139.
Uraninite
Formula: UO2
Reference: Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143. RME-2071: 121.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Carnotite4.HB.05K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
Hummerite4.HC.10K2Mg2(V10O28) · 16H2O
Melanovanadite4.HE.05Ca(V5+,V4+)4O10 · 5H2O
Metarossite4.HD.10Ca(V2O6) · 2H2O
Metatyuyamunite4.HB.25Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3-5H2O
Pascoite4.HC.05Ca3(V10O28) · 17H2O
Rossite4.HD.05Ca(VO3)2•4H2O
Tyuyamunite4.HB.25Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
Uraninite4.DL.05UO2

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 5 - OXIDES CONTAINING URANIUM OR THORIUM
AXO2·xH2O
Uraninite5.1.1.1UO2
Group 40 - HYDRATED NORMAL PHOSPHATES,ARSENATES AND VANADATES
AB2(XO4)2·xH2O, containing (UO2)2+
Carnotite40.2a.28.1K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
Metatyuyamunite40.2a.26.2Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3-5H2O
Tyuyamunite40.2a.26.1Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
Group 47 - VANADIUM OXYSALTS
Normal Anhydrous Vanadium Oxysalts
Metarossite47.1.1.2Ca(V2O6) · 2H2O
Rossite47.1.1.1Ca(VO3)2•4H2O
Anhydrous Vanadium Oxysalts Containing Hydroxyl or Halogen
Hummerite47.2.2.1K2Mg2(V10O28) · 16H2O
Pascoite47.2.1.1Ca3(V10O28) · 17H2O
Hydrated Normal Vanadium Oxysalts
Melanovanadite47.3.6.1Ca(V5+,V4+)4O10 · 5H2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
H TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
H MetatyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3-5H2O
H PascoiteCa3(V10O28) · 17H2O
H MelanovanaditeCa(V5+,V4+)4O10 · 5H2O
H HummeriteK2Mg2(V10O28) · 16H2O
H RossiteCa(VO3)2•4H2O
H MetarossiteCa(V2O6) · 2H2O
OOxygen
O CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
O TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
O MetatyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3-5H2O
O PascoiteCa3(V10O28) · 17H2O
O MelanovanaditeCa(V5+,V4+)4O10 · 5H2O
O HummeriteK2Mg2(V10O28) · 16H2O
O RossiteCa(VO3)2•4H2O
O MetarossiteCa(V2O6) · 2H2O
O UraniniteUO2
MgMagnesium
Mg HummeriteK2Mg2(V10O28) · 16H2O
KPotassium
K CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
K HummeriteK2Mg2(V10O28) · 16H2O
CaCalcium
Ca TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
Ca MetatyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3-5H2O
Ca PascoiteCa3(V10O28) · 17H2O
Ca MelanovanaditeCa(V5+,V4+)4O10 · 5H2O
Ca RossiteCa(VO3)2•4H2O
Ca MetarossiteCa(V2O6) · 2H2O
VVanadium
V CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
V TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
V MetatyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3-5H2O
V PascoiteCa3(V10O28) · 17H2O
V MelanovanaditeCa(V5+,V4+)4O10 · 5H2O
V HummeriteK2Mg2(V10O28) · 16H2O
V RossiteCa(VO3)2•4H2O
V MetarossiteCa(V2O6) · 2H2O
UUranium
U CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
U TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
U MetatyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3-5H2O
U UraniniteUO2

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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Early Jurassic - Late Triassic
174.1 - 237 Ma



ID: 3185972
Mesozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Mesozoic (174.1 - 237 Ma)

Lithology: Sandstone-conglomerate

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]

Toarcian - Norian
174.1 - 227 Ma



ID: 3018510
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.

Lithology: Major:{sandstone}, Minor:{siltstone,sandstone mudstone}

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. [133]

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

References

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Chenoweth, W.L. (1967), The uranium deposits of the Lukachukai Mountains, in New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 18th. Field Conference, Guidebook of Defiance-Zuni-Mt. Taylor region, Arizona & New Mexico: 78-85.
Peirce, H. Wesley, S.B. Keith and J.C.Wilt (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 182: 235-248.
Chenoweth, W.L. and Malan, Roger C. (1973), The Uranium deposits of northeastern Arizona, in: Monument Valley (Arizona, Utah and New Mexico), James, H. L.; [ed.], New Mexico Geological Society 24th. Annual Fall Field Conference Guidebook, 232 p. : 139-149.
Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143. RME-2071: 121.
U.S. Bureau of Mines (1995), Minerals Availability System/Mineral Industry Location System (MAS/MILS), U.S. Bureau of Mines, file ID #0040010252.
USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10102504 & 10233930.
Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Mesa claims file.
Preliminary Map #28, Department of Energy, Mine Location Map & Ore Production Data.
U.S. Department of Energy files.
USGS Los Gigantes Buttes, Arizona, quadrangle 15 minute topo map.
Shiprock NTMS.


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