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Unnamed W mine [3], Ocotillo, Imperial Co., California, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 32° 39' 16'' North , 115° 59' 4'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 32.65472,-115.98472
Other regions containing this locality:Sonoran Desert, North America
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

A former (past producer) W-abrasives (garnet) mine located 9.4 km (5.8 miles) S of Ocotillo. MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is . NOTE: MRDS conundrum: calls it a "prospect" but states "past producer."

Mineralization is a W deposit (Mineral occurrence model information: Model code: 42; USGS model code: 14a; Deposit model name: W skarn) hosted in limestone and schist. The ore body is a lens 1.22 meters wide and 19.81 meters long. Ore control was a contact zone. Fine- to medium-grained diopside-tremolite-garnet skarn occurs along a contact between tonalite and biotite schist. Scheelite is disseminated in blocks 0.5 inches (1.25 cm) across and in stringers 0.25 inch thick and 3 inches long. Associated rocks include Late Cretaceous tonalite. Local rocks include pre-Cenozoic granitic and metamorphic rocks undivided.

Workings include a trench and an incline (S80W), at 2.44 meters deep and 18.59 meters long, and 7.62 meters long, respectively.

Analytical data results: 2 samples of skarn: 0.43% WO3, 1.46% WO3. 4 other samples had <0.1% WO3.

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Late Cretaceous - Paleoproterozoic
66 - 2500 Ma

ID: 2839165
pre-Cenozoic granitic and metamorphic rocks undivided

Age: to Cretaceous (66 - 2500 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Ash Mountain Complex; Placerita Formation; Sur Series

Description: Granitic and metamorphic rocks, mostly gneiss and other metamorphic rocks injected by granitic rocks. Mesozoic to Precambrian.

Comments: Southern California, Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, central California Coast Ranges

Lithology: Major:{plutonic,gneiss}, Incidental:{metasedimentary, metavolcanic}

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]

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Todd, V.R., Kilburn, J.E., Detra, D.E., Griscom, Andrew, Kruse, F.A., and McHugh, E.L. (1987), Mineral Resources of the Jacumba (In-Ko-Pah) Wilderness Study Area, Imperial County, California: USGS Bulletin 1711-D, 18 pp.

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10062394.

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