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Microlite Group from
Tourmaline King Mine (Gem claim; King mine; MS 4500; MS 4926; Schuyler mine; Wilke mine), Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala Mtn; Queen Mtn), Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego Co., California, USA

Locality type:Mine
Classification
Species:'Microlite Group' (not an IMA approved species)
Formula:A2-mTa2X6-wZ-n
Comments:Small crystals in pocket aggregates of quartz, lepidolite, muscovite, albite, and tourmaline. Crystals are octahedral and dodecahedral, with maximum dimensions that rarely exceed 1/16 inch.
Colour:Pale honey-yellow to very dark.
Abundance at site:Very Rare
Confirmation
Validity:Believed Valid
References
References:Jahns, R. H. and Wright, L. A. (1951), Gem and Lithium-bearing pegmatites of the Pala District, San Diego County, California. California Division of Mines special report 7A: 40; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 179; San Diego Mining Company (2003).
Associated Minerals:
Associates:Albite
Lepidolite
Muscovite
Quartz
Data
Mineral Data:Click here to view Microlite Group data
Locality Data:Click here to view Tourmaline King Mine (Gem claim; King mine; MS 4500; MS 4926; Schuyler mine; Wilke mine), Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala Mtn; Queen Mtn), Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Nearest other occurrences of Microlite Group
0.4km (0.3 miles) Tourmaline Queen Mine (MS 6458; Queen mine; Tourmaline Queen group; Tourmaline Queen No. 1 claim; Tourmaline Queen No. 2 claim; Tourmaline Queen No. 3 claim), Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala Mtn; Queen Mtn), Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego Co., California, USA
1.5km (0.9 miles) Stewart Mine (MS 6162; Stewart Lithia mine), Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala Mtn; Queen Mtn), Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego Co., California, USA
32.4km (20.2 miles) Himalaya Mine (Himalaya dikes; Himalaya pegmatite), Gem Hill, Mesa Grande Mining District, San Diego Co., California, USA
32.6km (20.3 miles) San Diego Mine (K. C. Naylor mine), Gem Hill, Mesa Grande Mining District, San Diego Co., California, USA
35.8km (22.3 miles) Fano Mine (Big Pink claim; Fano-Simmons Mine; Little Blue claim; MS 4800; Simmons Mine), Little Cahuilla Mountain, Cahuilla Mining District, Riverside Co., California, USA
39.9km (24.8 miles) Carmelita Mine (Big Spring mine; Blue Gem claim; Crest Gem mine; Elinor deposit; Elinor mine; Estudillo mine; French Pete mine; MS 6130; Peter Cabat mine), Chihuahua Valley, Warner Springs Mining District, San Diego Co., California, USA
45.4km (28.2 miles) Little Three Mine (Little 3 mine), Ramona, Ramona Mining District, San Diego Co., California, USA
78.0km (48.4 miles) Jensen Quarry (Oak Quarry), Jurupa Mts, Jurupa Valley, Riverside Co., California, USA
 
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