Defiance Mine

Past Producer in Cochise county in Arizona, United States with commodities Lead, Zinc, Silver, Copper, Gold, Semiprecious Gemstone, Vanadium

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10027116
MRDS ID M002139
Record type Site
Current site name Defiance Mine
Alternate or previous names Part of Costello Group, Silver Bell
Related records 10185887

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -109.82315, 31.74319 (WGS84)
Elevation 1646
Relative position 3/4 MI. NE OF GLEESON, ARIZ.
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arizona Cochise

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Gila and Salt River 019S 025E 32 Arizona

Comments on the location information

  • INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1979)

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary
Silver Primary
Copper Primary
Gold Secondary
Semiprecious Gemstone Secondary
Vanadium Tertiary

Comments on the commodity information

  • WULFENITE SPECIMENS ARE OFTEN MORE THAN 1 INCH WIDE AND VARY FROM A BUTTERSCOTCH ASPECT TO YELLOW CRYSTAL THAT IS AS THIN AS PAPER AND CLEAR AS GLASS.

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Anglesite Ore
Aurichalcite Ore
Calamine Ore
Cerargyrite Ore
Malachite Ore
Melaconite Ore
Rosasite Ore
Smithsonite Ore
Wulfenite Ore
Aragonite Gangue
Calcite Gangue
Hematite Gangue
Jarosite Gangue
Kaolin Gangue
Limonite Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Oxidized

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Quartz Monzonite
    Rock unit name Sugarloaf Quartz Latite Porphyry;Gleeson Quartz Monzonite;Copper Bell Quartz Monzonite Porphyry
    Rock description Sugarloaf Quartz Latite Porphyry;Gleeson Quartz Monzonite;Copper Bell Quartz Monzonite Porphyry
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Paleocene
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Permian
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Limestone
    Rock unit name Naco Group Limestone
    Rock description Naco Group Limestone

Nearby scientific data

(1) -109.82315, 31.74319

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Regional In Limestone Near Quartz Monzonite Contact, Limestone N30w, 40 To 50 Ne
Local Brecciated Fault Zones, N To Nnw Trending Gleeson Ridge Overthrust, Bedding Plane Faults

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Control By Faults And Fractures In Limestone, Also Along Dike Perpendicular To Bedding

Comments on the geologic information

  • ZN USUALLY OCCURS BELOW OR LATERALLY AWAY FROM PB.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Both metallic and non-metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Year of first production 1900
Year of last production 1958
Production years 1900-1958

Mining district

District name Turquoise District, Courtland-Gleeson District

Land status

Ownership category Private

Ownership information

  • Type Operator
    Owner Mrs. Mary Costello
    Home office Los Angeles, Ca.
    First year 1927

Comments on the production information

  • SPORADIC PRODUCTION 1900-1958.

Comments on the workings information

  • TUNNEL WORKINGS.

Comments on development

  • OPERATORS INCLUDED GIACOMA BROS. MINING

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M002139
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 0040030598

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    ARIZ. B. OF M. BULL. 123, 1927, PL. I, P. 75-77.

  • Deposit

    KEITH, S.B., 1973, ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 187, P. 81.

  • Deposit

    BLAIR, GERRY, 1992, THE ROCKHOUND'S GUIDE TO ARIZONA: HELENA, MONTANA, FALCON PRESS, 165 P.

  • Other Database

    CIMRI

  • Production

    KEITH, 1973, ARIZ. BUR. OF MINES BULL. 187.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit SCATTERED OXIDIZED OREBODIES ALONG PROMINENT FAULT FISSURES IN LIMESTONE NEAR CONTACT WITH INTRUSIVE QUARTZ MONZONITE.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-APR-1972 Gere, W. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 01-NOV-1981 Rodriguez, Ignacio (Gest, Don E.) Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology
Updater 01-APR-1992 Orris, Greta J. U.S. Geological Survey