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Coso Mine (Devil's Kitchen; Atlas; Lynch & Lynch; Nicol; Walley-Mickey & Wheeler), Coso Hot Springs deposit, Coso Hot Springs, Coso Mining District (New Coso Mining District), Coso Mts (Coso Range), Inyo Co., California, USAi
Regional Level Types
Coso Mine (Devil's Kitchen; Atlas; Lynch & Lynch; Nicol; Walley-Mickey & Wheeler)Mine
Coso Hot Springs depositDeposit
Coso Hot SpringsHot Springs
Coso Mining District (New Coso Mining District)Mining District
Coso Mts (Coso Range)Mountain Range
Inyo Co.County
CaliforniaState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
36° 2' 25'' North , 117° 47' 36'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Olancha192 (2015)33.0km
Inyokern1,099 (2018)43.8km
China Lake Acres1,876 (2011)44.5km
Searles Valley1,739 (2011)46.4km
Ridgecrest28,780 (2017)47.7km
Other/historical names associated with this locality:
Coso Quicksilver; Coso Mercury deposit; Quicksilver deposit; Coso Mercury deposit


A former Hg occurrence/mine located in the E½E½ sec. 7 & in secs. 4 through 8, T22S, R39E, MDM, 2.2 km (1.4 miles) WSW of Coso Hot Springs, on military reservation land (China Lake Naval Ordnance Test Station). Discovered in 1929 by F.J. Sanders. Operated during the periods 1931-1932, 1935-1936, and 1938-1944. Owned by the federal government. MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 10 meters.

Mineralization is a Holocene Hg deposit hosted in granite and chemical sediment. The ore body is irregular at a thickness of 15.24 meters, a width of 472.44 meters and a length of 784.86 meters (dimensions given for the largest mass of sinter). Controls for ore emplacement include hot springs and fumaroles, which are still active. Hg mineralization is currently being deposited. Local alteration includes hydrothermal, argillic, and silicification. Associated rocks include recent basalt flows and Quaternary rhyolite flows. Local rocks include Quaternary volcanic flow rocks, unit 5 (Coso Volcanic Field).

Local geologic structures include hot springs and fissures associated with them.

Production data are found in U.S. Bureau of Mines files data.

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Mineral List

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19 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

Alunite
Formula: KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org; U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Butlerite
Formula: Fe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org
Chalcanthite
Formula: CuSO4 · 5H2O
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org
Cinnabar
Formula: HgS
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org; U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
'Clays'
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.; Ross, Clyde Polhemus & Robert Giertz Yates (1943), The Coso quicksilver district, Inyo County, California: USGS Bulletin 936-Q: 395-416.
Copiapite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+4(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org
Coquimbite
Formula: Fe2-xAlx(SO4)3 · 9H2O, x ~0.5
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org
Covellite
Formula: CuS
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org
Gypsum
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Halotrichite
Formula: FeAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Jarosite
Formula: KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org
Kornelite
Formula: Fe2(SO4)3 · 7H2O
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org
'Limonite'
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Metacinnabar
Formula: HgS
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org; U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Opal
Formula: SiO2 · nH2O
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org; U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Opal var: Opal-AN
Formula: SiO2 · nH2O
Reference: Collection of RJ Martin
Parabutlerite
Formula: Fe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org; U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.; Ross, Clyde Polhemus & Robert Giertz Yates (1943), The Coso quicksilver district, Inyo County, California: USGS Bulletin 936-Q: 395-416.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org
Quartz var: Chalcedony
Formula: SiO2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Sulphur
Formula: S8
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org; U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.; Ross, Clyde Polhemus & Robert Giertz Yates (1943), The Coso quicksilver district, Inyo County, California: USGS Bulletin 936-Q: 395-416.
Voltaite
Formula: K2Fe2+5Fe3+3Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
Reference: www.mineralsocal.org

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Sulphur1.CC.05S8
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Cinnabar2.CD.15aHgS
Covellite2.CA.05aCuS
Metacinnabar2.CB.05aHgS
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Opal4.DA.10SiO2 · nH2O
var: Opal-AN4.DA.10SiO2 · nH2O
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
var: Chalcedony4.DA.05SiO2
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Alunite7.BC.10KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Butlerite7.DC.10Fe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
Chalcanthite7.CB.20CuSO4 · 5H2O
Copiapite7.DB.35Fe2+Fe3+4(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
Coquimbite7.CB.55Fe2-xAlx(SO4)3 · 9H2O, x ~0.5
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Halotrichite7.CB.85FeAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
Jarosite7.BC.10KFe3+3(SO4)2(OH)6
Kornelite7.CB.60Fe2(SO4)3 · 7H2O
Parabutlerite7.DC.10Fe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
Voltaite7.CC.25K2Fe2+5Fe3+3Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Clays'-
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Semi-metals and non-metals
Sulphur1.3.5.1S8
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Cinnabar2.8.14.1HgS
Covellite2.8.12.1CuS
Metacinnabar2.8.2.3HgS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Chalcanthite29.6.7.1CuSO4 · 5H2O
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
AB2(XO4)4·H2O
Halotrichite29.7.3.2FeAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
A2(XO4)3·H2O
Coquimbite29.8.3.1Fe2-xAlx(SO4)3 · 9H2O, x ~0.5
Kornelite29.8.2.1Fe2(SO4)3 · 7H2O
Miscellaneous
Voltaite29.9.1.1K2Fe2+5Fe3+3Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
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 31 - HYDRATED SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)(XO4)Zq·xH2O
Butlerite31.9.1.1Fe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
Parabutlerite31.9.2.1Fe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
Miscellaneous
Copiapite31.10.5.1Fe2+Fe3+4(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with H2O and organics
Opal75.2.1.1SiO2 · nH2O
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Clays'-
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Opal
var: Opal-AN
-SiO2 · nH2O
Quartz
var: Chalcedony
-SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
H ButleriteFe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
H ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
H CopiapiteFe2+Fe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
H CoquimbiteFe2-xAlx(SO4)3 · 9H2O, x ~0.5
H HalotrichiteFeAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
H JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
H KorneliteFe2(SO4)3 · 7H2O
H OpalSiO2 · nH2O
H ParabutleriteFe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
H VoltaiteK2Fe52+Fe33+Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
H Opal (var: Opal-AN)SiO2 · nH2O
OOxygen
O AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
O ButleriteFe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
O ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
O CopiapiteFe2+Fe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
O CoquimbiteFe2-xAlx(SO4)3 · 9H2O, x ~0.5
O HalotrichiteFeAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
O JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
O KorneliteFe2(SO4)3 · 7H2O
O OpalSiO2 · nH2O
O ParabutleriteFe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
O QuartzSiO2
O VoltaiteK2Fe52+Fe33+Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
O Quartz (var: Chalcedony)SiO2
O HematiteFe2O3
O Opal (var: Opal-AN)SiO2 · nH2O
AlAluminium
Al AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Al HalotrichiteFeAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
Al VoltaiteK2Fe52+Fe33+Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
SiSilicon
Si OpalSiO2 · nH2O
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Quartz (var: Chalcedony)SiO2
Si Opal (var: Opal-AN)SiO2 · nH2O
SSulfur
S AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
S ButleriteFe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
S ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
S CinnabarHgS
S CopiapiteFe2+Fe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
S CoquimbiteFe2-xAlx(SO4)3 · 9H2O, x ~0.5
S CovelliteCuS
S HalotrichiteFeAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
S JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
S KorneliteFe2(SO4)3 · 7H2O
S MetacinnabarHgS
S ParabutleriteFe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
S PyriteFeS2
S SulphurS8
S VoltaiteK2Fe52+Fe33+Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
KPotassium
K AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
K JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
K VoltaiteK2Fe52+Fe33+Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
CaCalcium
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
FeIron
Fe ButleriteFe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
Fe CopiapiteFe2+Fe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
Fe CoquimbiteFe2-xAlx(SO4)3 · 9H2O, x ~0.5
Fe HalotrichiteFeAl2(SO4)4 · 22H2O
Fe JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Fe KorneliteFe2(SO4)3 · 7H2O
Fe ParabutleriteFe3+(SO4)(OH) · 2H2O
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe VoltaiteK2Fe52+Fe33+Al(SO4)12 · 18H2O
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Fe HematiteFe2O3
CuCopper
Cu ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
Cu CovelliteCuS
HgMercury
Hg CinnabarHgS
Hg MetacinnabarHgS

References

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Ross, Clyde Polhemus and Robert Giertz Yates (1943) The Coso quicksilver district, Inyo County, California. USGS Bulletin 936-Q: 395-416.
Norman, L.A. and Richard M. Stewart (1951) Mines and mineral resources of Inyo County, California. California Journal of Mines and Geology (Report 47): 47(1): 85.
Holmes, Jr., G.W. (1965) Mercury in California. in U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 8252.
USGS (2005) Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10040638 & 10188181.
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System/Mineral Industry Location System (MAS/MILS): file #0060690220.
Bailey, E.H., USGS, personal files data (unpublished).

USGS MRDS Record:10040638

Localities in this Region

  • California
    • Inyo Co.
      • Coso Mts (Coso Range)
        • Coso Mining District (New Coso Mining District)
          • Coso Hot Springs

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