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Camp Bird no. 12 Mine, Temple Mountain, San Rafael District (San Rafael Swell), Emery Co., Utah, USAi
Regional Level Types
Camp Bird no. 12 MineGroup of Mines (Inactive)
Temple MountainMountain
San Rafael District (San Rafael Swell)Mining District
Emery Co.County

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 38° 40' 5'' North , 110° 40' 58'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 38.66830,-110.68296
GeoHash:G#: 9wc7cr75h
USGS MRDS Record:10300481
Locality type:Group of Mines (Inactive) - last checked 2018
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate
Nearest Settlements:
Hanksville212 (2017)32.9km
Other/historical names associated with this locality:Camp Bird 12 group; South Workings; Mountain King

The Camp Bird 12 group of mines, sometimes referred to as the South Workings, are in the Moss Back Member north of South Temple Wash. They are the southernmost large mines of the Temple Mountain area. Among the oldest mines in the district, they were extensively worked before 1944. The production before 1948 is not known, but it probably was at least several hundred tons of high-grade ore (over 1 percent U3O8). The mines were operated again from 1948 to 1952, but since that time through 1965, the only mining had been in the ribs and pillars of the old workings. Part of the ore produced after 1948 was from the mine dumps of the earlier period of mining.

The mine workings consist chiefly of a series of interconnected open stopes, of which one group is along the main Moss Back outcrop belt, and another opens into a minor drainage to the east and is connected with the first group by the Through adit. USGS Bulletin 1192 included a mine map.

Camp Bird 12 group included Mountain King and Mountain King 1, 2, and 3 claims. MRDS ID W018715.

Note that the location given in USGS MRDS ID 10020643 is the same as that in MRDS ID 10020641 for Black Beauty mine, and is inconsistent with that shown in figure 3 of USGS Bulletin 1192.

This locality is duplicated as

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate
Rocky Mountains, North AmericaMountain Range

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

2 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
Reference: UGMS Bull 117 Minerals and Mineral Localities of Utah; 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 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Carnotite4.HB.05K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

AB2(XO4)2·xH2O, containing (UO2)2+
Carnotite40.2a.28.1K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

H CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
K CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
V CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
U CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Early Jurassic - Late Triassic
174.1 - 237 Ma

ID: 3185972
Mesozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Mesozoic (174.1 - 237 Ma)

Lithology: Sandstone-conglomerate

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Early Triassic
247.2 - 251.902 Ma

ID: 2991462
Moenkopi Formation

Age: Early Triassic (247.2 - 251.902 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Moenkopi Formation

Description: fluvial, mudflat, sabkha, shallow marine; redbeds

Comments: Original map source: Hintze, L.F., Willis, G.C., Laes, D.Y.M., Sprinkel, D.A., and Brown, K.D., 2000, Digital Geologic Map of Utah: Utah Geological Survey, Map 179DM, scale 1:500,000.

Lithology: Major:{sandstone mudstone}, Minor:{limestone}, Incidental:{gypsum, conglomerate}

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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Hawley, C.C., Wyant, D.G., and Brooks, D.B. (1965) Geology and Uranium Deposits of the Temple Mountain District. United States Geological Survey Bulletin 1192.
Gloyn, R.W., Tabet, D.E., Tripp, B.T., Bishop, C.E., Morgan, C.D., Gwynn, J.W., and Blackett, R.E. (2003) Energy, Mineral, and Ground-Water Resources of Carbon and Emery Counties, Utah. Utah Geological Survey Bulletin 132.

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