The Pointing Cactus Group is a manganese mine located in Pinal county, Arizona at an elevation of 1,801 feet.
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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: 1,801 Feet (549 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Manganese
Lat, Long: 32.63222, -111.73972
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Pointing Cactus Group MRDS details
Primary: Pointing Cactus Group
District: Sawtooth District
Land ownership: Federal
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Owner Name: Isaac Nichols, G.E. Grier
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1956
Discovery Year: 1953
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Basin And Range Province
Physiographic Section: Sonoran Desert
Mineral Deposit Model
Form: VEINLETS, PODS, LENSES
Description: Block Faulting Trending Nnw.
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pliocene
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene
Analytical Data: MUCH OF THE ORE ON THESE CLAIMS CONTAINS UP TO 1.75 PCT. CU MAKING THE MN ORE MUCH LESS DESIRABLE. HIGH CU ON CLAIMS 2 AND 6. BETTER MN ORE ON CLAIM 1. HIGH MN CONTENT (42.5) ASSOCIATED WITH HIGH CU VALUES.
Comment (Location): INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1964)
Comment (Production): SOME ORE IS TOO HIGH IN CU TO MAKE IT ECONOMIC. ITEM 2 IS THIS TYPE.
Comment (Development): MINES INACTIVE IN 1956 ; ECON.COM: GOOD ROAD ACCESS EXCEPT LAST 3 MILES WHICH ARE PRIMITIVE TRUCK TRAIL.
Comment (Workings): ON CLAIM 1: 30 FT. VERT. SHAFT. CLAIM 6: OPEN CUT CLAIM 2: OPENCUT 15 BY 4 BY 6 FT. DEEP. CLAIM 5: OPENCUT 20 BY 6 BY 14 FT. DEEP.
Comment (Geology): GEOL.DESC: SERIES OF NE TRENDING FRACTURES CONTAINING MN MINERALS CUT RHYOLITIC ROCKS. MINERALIZATION SURROUNDS BRECCIA FRAGMENTS, WHERE PRESENT.
Comment (Deposit): POINTING CACTUS GROUP IS COMPRISED OF 5 ADJOINING UNPATENTED CLAIMS. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Reference (Deposit): FARNHAM, L.L., STEWART, L.A., DELONG, C.W., 1961, U.S. BUREAU MINES I.C. 7990
Reference (Deposit): 1961 COMPILE U.S. BUREAU MINES, I.C. 799
Reference (Production): FARNHAM, L.L., ET.AL.
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