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Blue Jay Mine (Bluejay claim; Apex; Jarosite claim group; Jarosite lode group), Ubehebe Peak, Ubehebe Mining District, Cottonwood Mountains, Panamint Mts (Panamint Range), Inyo Co., California, USAi
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Blue Jay Mine (Bluejay claim; Apex; Jarosite claim group; Jarosite lode group)Mine
Ubehebe PeakPeak
Ubehebe Mining DistrictMining District
Cottonwood MountainsMountain Range
Panamint Mts (Panamint Range)Mountain Range
Inyo Co.County

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
36° 42' 12'' North , 117° 36' 14'' West
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Lone Pine2,035 (2015)42.5km

A former Cu mine located in sec. 22, T14S, R40E, MDM, 2.1 km (1.3 miles) NW of Ubehebe Peak (coordinates of record), on National Park Service wilderness land (Death Valley National Park/Death Valley Wilderness). MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 10 meters.

NOTE: The USGS MRDS database file #10212369 presents a T&R value of sec. 22, T14S, R40E, MDM, for this locality; however MRDS file #10076602 presents a T&R value of sec. 15, T15S, R40E, MDM. The former T&R value places this locality in the vicinity of a jeep trail/mine access road, with corresponding geographic coordinates, placing it on a prospect symbol cluster; whereas, the T&R value presented in file #10076602 places it in an area with no indications of mining activity.

At the northern end of Ubehebe Mountain were the older claims on which work had just recently resumed. The Sanger Group controlled by John Salsberry, consisted of the Tip Top; Star, at the base of Ubehebe Mountain; Copper King one mile west of the Star and owned by W. A. Sanger of Big Pine; Prince Group four claims also owned by Sanger & Son; Bluejay, on the east side of Saline Valley and owned by A. Mairs of Independence (its only recorded production was in 1915 when Mairs shipped copper and silver ore); Red Bird owned by F. A. Mears of Big Pine; and the Good Luck Group owned by R. Lockhardt & Penrod of Rhyolite.

M.S.&W. Inc., of Bishop located Jarosite lode mining group of 111 claims on west slope of peak in late 1960s or early 1970s. Samples taken reportedly showed high copper and molybdenum values. It was intended to diamond drill the property.
Greene, 1981

Mineralization is hosted in limestone. Siliceous iron outcrop 60 feet wide and 500 feet long on a contact between limestone and granite. Associated rocks include granite. Local rocks include Mesozoic granitic rocks, unit 3 (Sierra Nevada, Death Valley area, Northern Mojave Desert and Transverse Ranges).

Workings include underground openings with a length of 48.77 meters and comprised of a 100 foot tunnel, 35 foot deep winze and a 25 foot crosscut.

No production reported.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

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2 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: Cu2S
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:1

List of minerals for each chemical element

H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
S ChalcociteCu2S
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu ChalcociteCu2S


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Year (asc) Year (desc) Author (A-Z) Author (Z-A) In-text Citation No.
U.S. National Park Service Superintendent - Death Valley National Monument (1971), personal communication to the Director, WRO, 1 April 1971.
Tucker, W. Burling (1926), Imperial, Inyo Counties: California Journal of Mines and Geology, California Mining Bureau (Report 22): 22(4): 463.
Greene, Linda I. (1981), U.S. National Park Service, Historic Preservation Branch, Pacific Northwest/Western Team, Denver Service Center, Death Valley – Historic Resource Study – A History of Mining, Volume I (Parts 1 and 2): part 2: III.C.2.g & i)).
Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 232 (map 6-5).
USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10076602 & 10212369.
U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file ID #0060270088.

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USGS MRDS Record:10076602

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