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.
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
Primary: Shirley Group
Primary: Niobium (Columbium)
District: Turret Area
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.
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Southern Rocky Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Description: Southern Mosquito Range, Arkansas Valley Graben
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic
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
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.