Shirley Group

The Shirley Group is a beryllium, niobium (columbium), tantalum, and ree mine located in Chaffee county, Colorado at an elevation of 8,839 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

Mine Info

Name: Shirley Group  

State:  Colorado

County:  Chaffee

Elevation: 8,839 Feet (2,694 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Beryllium, Niobium (Columbium), Tantalum, REE

Lat, Long: 38.60806, -105.99306

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Shirley Group MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Shirley Group


Commodity

Primary: Beryllium
Primary: Niobium (Columbium)
Primary: Tantalum
Primary: REE
Secondary: Feldspar
Secondary: Mica


Location

State: Colorado
County: Chaffee
District: Turret Area


Land Status

Land ownership: Private
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Not available


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Southern Rocky Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Type: R
Description: Southern Mosquito Range, Arkansas Valley Graben


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Gneiss
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Gneiss
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Beryl
Ore: Microcline
Ore: Albite
Ore: Muscovite
Gangue: Garnet
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Orthoclase


Comments

Comment (Deposit): UNZONED

Comment (Location): 19 CLAIMS ON RIDGE SOUTH OF LONGS GULCH, 11 MILES NORTH OF SALIDA VIA COUNTY ROAD 180, THE LONGS GULCH ROAD AND A MINE ACCESS ROAD. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1976)

Comment (Workings): 1 TRENCH, SEVERAL SMALL PITS


References

Reference (Deposit): MEEVES, H.C., HARRER, C.M., SALSBURY, M.H., KONSELMAN, A.S., SHANNON, S.S., JR., 1966, RECONNAISSANCE OF BERYLLIUM-BEARING PEGMATITE DEPOSITS IN SIX WESTERN STATES: ARIZONA, COLORADO, NEW MEXICO, SOUTH DAKOTA, UTAH, AND WYOMING: USBM INFORMATION CIRCULAR 8298, P. 24

Reference (Deposit): VAN ALSTINE, R.E., 1974, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF THE PONCHA SPRINGS SE QUADRANGLE, CHAFFEE COUNTY, COLORADO: USGS PROFESSIONAL PAPER 829, 19 P.

Reference (Deposit): BOARDMAN, S.J., 1976, GEOLOGY OF THE PRECAMBRIAN METAMORPHIC ROCKS OF THE SALIDA AREA, CHAFFEE COUNTY, COLORADO: THE MOUNTAIN GEOLOGIST, V. 13, NO. 3, P. 89-100.

Reference (Deposit): BOARDMAN, S.J., 1971, PRECAMBRIAN GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF THE SALIDA AREA, CHAFFEE COUNTY, COLORDADO: PH. D. THESIS, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, 131 P.