New Mexico graphite

Region West, Southwest
Mineral systems
Deposit types
Other minerals

Information leading to the delineation of this focus area

Basis for focus area Graphite occurrences from MRDS and New Mexico Mines Database (McLemore and others, 2005).
Identified resources None.
Production None.
Status Unknown.
Estimated resources Unknown.
Geologic maps New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (2003), scale 1:500,000.
Geophysical data Inadequate aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric coverage.
Favorable rocks and structures Metamorphosed coal.
Deposits Raton deposit (MRDS dep_id: 10096961).
Evidence from mineral occurrences MRDS; New Mexico Mines Database (McLemore and others, 2005).
Geochemical evidence Analyses of graphitic coal in Lee (1913).
Geophysical evidence Unknown.
Evidence from other sources Lee (1913).
Comments Igneous material was forced into the coal-bearing sedimentary rocks in many places and usually formed coke where it came into contact with the coal, but in the Canadian Canyon the intrusive mass took the form of many sills above, below, and in the coal bed and apparently heated the sedimentary rocks through a considerable thickness. The coal has been most completely graphitized where the bed was fractured and diabase forced into it (Lee, 1913).
Cover thickness and description Exposed along the Canadian River and tributary canyons.
Authors Virginia T. McLemore.
New data needs Geophysics.
Geologic mapping and modeling needs Unknown.
Geophysical survey and modeling needs Conductivity and aeromagnetic survey would be useful for identifying graphitic zones in the region.
Digital elevation data needs Lidar complete.