Road Log From Pachuca-Real Del Monte to Mexico, D.F., and Taxco
The morning will be spent in travelling directly to Real del Monte where the Purisima Concepción mine is located. The underground visit will be made on the 550 and 600 levels on the north-striking Veta Dios Te Guie. The Real del Monte Formation is the principal host rock, characterized by a great thickness of flow breccias. Mineralization along the vein contains silver, zinc and lead, distributed in massive lenses or disseminated in the quartz gangue, or in the altered wall rock. Later the route will be retraced to Pachuca and then continue to the south-southwest over lake bed covered basins, surrounded by volcanic centers. The route will cut across Mexico City (Fig. 78) and join the periferico on its west side. The route, now a toll road, continues southwards across Late Cenozoic volcanic terrane dropping down into the valley where Cuernavaca is situated. From there, the route continues southwards over the valley-filling Cuernavaca Formation that overlies folded and faulted Cretaceous strata, as far as Río Amacuzac, where highway 95 swings to the southwest, and straddles the southern fringe of the Trans Mexican Volcanic Arc, and the Morelos-Guerrero basin to the south. The sequence in the section is one of increasingly lower stratigraphic position towards the southwest. Included here is the Balsas conglomerate of Early Tertiary age, the Mexcala Formation shale and sandstones of Late Cretaceous age, the Morelos Limestone of the Middle Cretaceous and finally the Taxco schist of Jurassic age.
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Mexican Silver Deposits
Much of the first day's route is spent in travelling in a southerly direction through desert basins to Chihuahua City (Fig. 1). Numerous ranges are visible from the roadside and some stops are scheduled for description of lithologies and structures, particularly where mapping has been accomplished. Of particular interest is the lower Cretaceous in Sierra del Presidio and Banco Lucero, Los Medanos (dune field), Sierra La Candelaria and Sierra El Kilo intrusions, and the Tertiary volcanic stratigraphy of Sierra Gallego (near El Sueco), Sierra El Nido, Sierra de La Campana, and Sierra Sacramento. The Sierra de Samalayuca, near the community of the same name, has been considered by some to be Early Jurassic or Paleozoic in age, and it consists of weakly-metamorphosed sediments in an anticlinal structure.
The underground visit to the manto and breccia-pipe deposits at the Potosí mine, West Camp, Santa Eulalia completes the day.
0.0 Buenos dias. Proceed north on Santa Fe Street.
0.1 Turn right on frontage road (Wyoming) and proceed eastward through 4 traffic lights.
0.9 Join I-10, travelJing east, passing Southern Pacific railroad yards.
2.2 Pass Southern Pacific railroad yards on right. Continue east on I-10; keep in right lane. At 9:00 is southern flank of Franklin Mountains, where Bliss Sandstone is overlain by Ordovician strata (Fig. 2), and the El Paso Group overlies a Precambrian (Red Bluff) crystalline complex. The tectonic style of the Franklin Mountains comprises a north-trending, west-dipping, tilted fault block typical of Basin and Range structure (see Lovejoy, 1980).
The Rio Grande Valley is aligned from northwest to southeast, but curves prominently between Cerro Cristo Rey and the Southern Franklin Mountains, forming El Paso del Norte. Between the Franklin Mountains and the Hueco Mountains (to the east) lies the Hueco Bolson; a relatively flat valley which is filled with sand and silts and is the major source of El Paso's water supply.
The Franklin Mountains range is linear, extending from its southern limit near central El Paso, north and slightly west for approximately 24 km, to a point about 6 km north of the Texas New Mexico boundary. The range is roughly 5 km wide. The highest point, North Franklin, or Cabeza de Vaca Peak, is approximlately 2,390 m above sea level. Precambrian igneous rocks comprise North Franklin Peak, making it the area of greatest structural relief in the state of Texas.
The oldest rocks exposed in