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Questa Molybdenum Mine (Questa Mine; Moly Mine; R and S Mine), Questa, Taos Co., New Mexico, USAi
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Questa Molybdenum Mine (Questa Mine; Moly Mine; R and S Mine)Mine
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
36° 42' 15'' North , 105° 30' 23'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Questa1,753 (2017)7.9km
Red River476 (2017)8.9km
San Cristobal273 (2011)16.9km
Arroyo Seco1,785 (2011)21.6km
Arroyo Hondo474 (2011)23.7km


A molybdenum-rhenium mine owned by Molycorp, a subsidiary of Unocal Corp. Produced 4,760 tons of Mo in concentrates (1984). In 2011, the mine was declared a superfund site - on June 2, 2014 the mine was declared permanently closed.

Located nine miles from Questa, the mine opened in 1916 as the R&S Molybdenum mine. It was purchased by Molycorp Minerals in 1950 and became a subsidiary of Chevron in 2005. Formerly an open pit excavation, the Chevron Questa mine had operated as an underground mine since 1982.
Deposit: Underground mine being developed for 1983 production.mine shut in 1986.plans to reopen 2nd qtr 1989 with initial production at half-capacity, annual rate 10-12 mm lbs mo/yr.resumed operations adit reserve data As in-situ. (mo recovery is 87%) geology property reviewed by rc smith, 4-87. At this time, the mine is temporarily shutdown . Closed since feb. 1986. Q4 matrix was added for the new reserve estimate because of the complex q data from the 1979 evaluation. Molycorp expects to re-open mine by 3rd qu-96, depending on permitting progress. See ref "mi" 001-002. Molycorp began installing pumping equipment for possible reopening in july of 1996. (at 14-15 mil lb/yr moly cont.)

Geology: Lithology the ore horizon appears to be concentrated at the contact between the intrusives (consisting of monzonite, granite, rhyolite and aplite porphyries) and the underlying extrusives (consisting of tuffs, latites, breccias, rhyolites and andesites). The questa ore deposit is two segments, each segment is a part of two flat-lying , elongated and paralell mineralized zones. These zones strike N 70 deg. W and are structurally-controlled by two fault systems that form a graben-like structure (?). The N E zone is exposed in the pit and extends in a northwesterly direction for 1600 m. The portion that is ore grade (called the f-2 ore zone) is 125 m wide and 125 m thick. The s W zone lies 1800 meters southeast of NE zone. This ore deposit is approximately 1600 meters long, 180 meters wide, and 120 meters thick.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate
Rocky Mountains, North AmericaMountain Range

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.


Mineral List


27 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Alunite
Formula: KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
'Apatite'
Formula: Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Beryl
Formula: Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Reference: Junxing Zhao, Kezhang Qin, Guangming Li, and Jinxiang Li (2011): Geology and Exploration 47(1), 54-70
'Biotite'
Formula: K(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
Reference: K. F. Clark and C. B. Read, (1972) Geology and Ore Deposits of Eagle Nest area, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 94.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: K. F. Clark and C. B. Read, (1972) Geology and Ore Deposits of Eagle Nest area, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 94.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: K. F. Clark and C. B. Read, (1972) Geology and Ore Deposits of Eagle Nest area, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 94.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
'Chlorite Group'
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 71 Mineral Resources of Taos County, New Mexico; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Epidote
Formula: {Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Reference: J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Ferrimolybdite
Formula: Fe2(MoO4)3 · nH2O
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 71 Mineral Resources of Taos County, New Mexico; K. F. Clark and C. B. Read, (1972) Geology and Ore Deposits of Eagle Nest area, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 94.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Fluorite
Formula: CaF2
Reference: K. F. Clark and C. B. Read, (1972) Geology and Ore Deposits of Eagle Nest area, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 94.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 71 Mineral Resources of Taos County, New Mexico; K. F. Clark and C. B. Read, (1972) Geology and Ore Deposits of Eagle Nest area, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 94.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Graphite
Formula: C
Reference: J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Gypsum
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Hübnerite
Formula: MnWO4
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 71 Mineral Resources of Taos County, New Mexico; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Jarosite
Formula: KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Reference: J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Kaolinite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
'K Feldspar var: Adularia'
Formula: KAlSi3O8
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
'Limonite'
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 71 Mineral Resources of Taos County, New Mexico; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Magnetite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Reference: J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 71 Mineral Resources of Taos County, New Mexico; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Molybdenite
Formula: MoS2
Reference: K. F. Clark and C. B. Read, (1972) Geology and Ore Deposits of Eagle Nest area, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 94.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Muscovite var: Illite
Formula: K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Muscovite var: Sericite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Orthoclase
Formula: K(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: K. F. Clark and C. B. Read, (1972) Geology and Ore Deposits of Eagle Nest area, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 94.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: K. F. Clark and C. B. Read, (1972) Geology and Ore Deposits of Eagle Nest area, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 94.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Rhodochrosite
Formula: MnCO3
Reference: K. F. Clark and C. B. Read, (1972) Geology and Ore Deposits of Eagle Nest area, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 94.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Rhodonite ?
Formula: Mn2+SiO3
Reference: J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Rutile
Formula: TiO2
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
Scheelite
Formula: Ca(WO4)
Reference: Junxing Zhao, Kezhang Qin, Guangming Li, and Jinxiang Li (2011): Geology and Exploration 47(1), 54-70
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: NMBMMR Bull 71 Mineral Resources of Taos County, New Mexico; K. F. Clark and C. B. Read, (1972) Geology and Ore Deposits of Eagle Nest area, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 94.; J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.
Topaz
Formula: Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
'Wad'
Reference: J. H. Schilling, (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. NMBGMR Bulletin 51.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Graphite1.CB.05aC
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Molybdenite2.EA.30MoS2
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Group 3 - Halides
Fluorite3.AB.25CaF2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Hübnerite4.DB.30MnWO4
Magnetite4.BB.05Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Rutile4.DB.05TiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Rhodochrosite5.AB.05MnCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Alunite7.BC.10KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Ferrimolybdite7.GB.30Fe2(MoO4)3 · nH2O
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Jarosite7.BC.10KFe3+3(SO4)2(OH)6
Scheelite7.GA.05Ca(WO4)
Group 9 - Silicates
Beryl9.CJ.05Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Epidote9.BG.05a{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Kaolinite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Muscovite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
var: Illite9.EC.15K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
var: Sericite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Orthoclase9.FA.30K(AlSi3O8)
Rhodonite ?9.DK.05Mn2+SiO3
Topaz9.AF.35Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Apatite'-Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
'Biotite'-K(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
'Chlorite Group'-
'K Feldspar
var: Adularia'
-KAlSi3O8
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
'Wad'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Semi-metals and non-metals
Graphite1.3.6.2C
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Molybdenite2.12.10.1MoS2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
AX2
Rutile4.4.1.1TiO2
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Magnetite7.2.2.3Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX2
Fluorite9.2.1.1CaF2
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Rhodochrosite14.1.1.4MnCO3
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Group 30 - ANHYDROUS SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)2(XO4)Zq
Alunite30.2.4.1KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Jarosite30.2.5.1KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Group 48 - ANHYDROUS MOLYBDATES AND TUNGSTATES
AXO4
Hübnerite48.1.1.1MnWO4
Scheelite48.1.2.1Ca(WO4)
Group 49 - HYDRATED MOLYBDATES AND TUNGSTATES
Hydrated Normal Molybdates and Tungstates
Ferrimolybdite49.2.1.1Fe2(MoO4)3 · nH2O
Group 52 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups and O,OH,F,H2O
Insular SiO4 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [6] coordination only
Topaz52.3.1.1Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Group 58 - SOROSILICATES Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups
Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups with cations in [6] and higher coordination; single and double groups (n = 1, 2)
Epidote58.2.1a.7{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Group 61 - CYCLOSILICATES Six-Membered Rings
Six-Membered Rings with [Si6O18] rings; possible (OH) and Al substitution
Beryl61.1.1.1Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=5
Rhodonite ?65.4.1.1Mn2+SiO3
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Muscovite71.2.2a.1KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
var: Illite71.2.2d.2K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
Al-Si Framework with Al-Si frameworks
Orthoclase76.1.1.1K(AlSi3O8)
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Apatite'-Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
'Biotite'-K(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
'Chlorite Group'-
'K Feldspar
var: Adularia'
-KAlSi3O8
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Muscovite
var: Sericite
-KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
'Wad'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
H FerrimolybditeFe2(MoO4)3 · nH2O
H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
H ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
H Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
H Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H Muscovite (var: Illite)K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
H TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
BeBeryllium
Be BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C RhodochrositeMnCO3
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
C GraphiteC
OOxygen
O QuartzSiO2
O BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
O CalciteCaCO3
O RhodochrositeMnCO3
O HübneriteMnWO4
O FerrimolybditeFe2(MoO4)3 · nH2O
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
O ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
O RutileTiO2
O BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
O ScheeliteCa(WO4)
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
O MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
O Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
O HematiteFe2O3
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
O Muscovite (var: Illite)K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
O TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
O RhodoniteMn2+SiO3
FFluorine
F BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
F FluoriteCaF2
F ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
F TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
MgMagnesium
Mg BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
AlAluminium
Al BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
Al AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Al Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
Al BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Al Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
Al Muscovite (var: Illite)K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
Al TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
Si BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
Si Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
Si BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
Si Muscovite (var: Illite)K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
Si TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Si RhodoniteMn2+SiO3
PPhosphorus
P ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
SSulfur
S MolybdeniteMoS2
S PyriteFeS2
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S GalenaPbS
S SphaleriteZnS
S AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
S JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
ClChlorine
Cl ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
KPotassium
K BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
K AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
K Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
K OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
K JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
K K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
K Muscovite (var: Illite)K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
CaCalcium
Ca FluoriteCaF2
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca ScheeliteCa(WO4)
Ca Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
TiTitanium
Ti RutileTiO2
MnManganese
Mn RhodochrositeMnCO3
Mn HübneriteMnWO4
Mn RhodoniteMn2+SiO3
FeIron
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
Fe FerrimolybditeFe2(MoO4)3 · nH2O
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Fe JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Fe MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
Fe Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Fe HematiteFe2O3
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
MoMolybdenum
Mo MolybdeniteMoS2
Mo FerrimolybditeFe2(MoO4)3 · nH2O
WTungsten
W HübneriteMnWO4
W ScheeliteCa(WO4)
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS

References

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Schilling, J. H. (1956) Geology of the Questa Molybdenum Mine Area, Taos County, New Mexico. New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Bulletin 51.
Clark, K. F. and C. B. Read (1972), Geology and Ore Deposits of Eagle Nest area, New Mexico. New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Bulletin 94.
Mining Annual Review (1985): 118 & 331.
Cline, Jean S. & Bodnar, Robert J. (1994): Direct evolution of brine from a crystallizing silicic melt at the Questa, New Mexico, molybdenum deposit. Economic Geology 89, 1780-1802.
Northrop, S.A. and LaBruzza, F.A. (1996), Minerals of New Mexico, revised Third Edition.
Campbell, A.R., and Lueth, V.W. (2008): Isotopic and textural discrimination between hypogene, ancient supergene, and modern sulfates at the Questa Mine, New Mexico. Applied Geochemistry 23, 308-319.
Junxing Zhao, Kezhang Qin, Guangming Li, and Jinxiang Li (2011): Characteristics of alteration and mineralization in the Sharang porphyry molybdenum deposit in the northern margin of Gangdese and comparison with typical porphyry molybdenum deposits in the world. Geology and Exploration 47(1), 54-70.
DeMark, Ramon S. (2015): Minerals of the Questa Moly Mine, Taos County, New Mexico. 36th Annual New Mexico Mineral Symposium Program & Abstracts, page 9.
RYAN'S NOTES, NEWS, FEB. 13, (1995), "CLIMAX MOLY TO OPEN

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