The 1004th meeting of 

The Mineralogical Society


Southern California



Collecting at the Red Cloud Mine in Lincoln County, New Mexico


presented by Scott Braley

Friday, August 12, 2022 at  7:30.

See program notes below

Visitors are always welcome

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The MSSC is a member of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and is dedicated to the dissemination of general knowledge of the mineralogical and related earth sciences through the study of mineral specimens.  We are a scientific non-profit organization that actively supports those endeavors through public outreach, field study and related programs.

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Program Notes: Join us: Friday, August 12, 2022 at 7:30. Scott Braley will present “Collecting at the Red Cloud Mine in Lincoln County, New Mexico”

Scott will be discussing the Red Cloud mines of Lincoln County, N.M. – two small and distinct mines a few hundred feet apart in the Gallinas Mountains, within the Cibola National Forest.  Though very close together, they tapped into separate REE-Fluorite hydrothermal veins with distinct characteristics. The Red Cloud Fluorite mine, which operated for a short time during and after World War II, presents interesting micro fluorites and some rare earth minerals.  The Red Cloud Copper mine, operated intermittently over a period of about 60 years, yields beautiful vanadinite, wulfenite, mimetite, cerussite, and more.  Both have been only sparsely written about in the mineralogical literature, so are only lightly visited.  The Gallinas Mountains are home to over 80 small mines and prospects, and are currently under investigation as a potential source of rare earth minerals.

Scott has been collecting minerals since childhood, with a focus on microminerals and photography for the last 15 years.  After retiring from the Air Force, he completed a Ph.D. and is now a professor at a small college in northern New Mexico.  With the recent limitations on travel, he spent much of the last year investigating some less well-known micromineral localities in his area of New Mexico.


Effective April, 21, 2021, paid MSSC members will be automatically on the invite list each month.

For Non Members, you must request to attend the MSSC zoom meeting every month. See below for details.

Participants who want to do this must respond to our Programs chair, Rudy Lopez at  no later than Tuesday, August 9, 2022.  Please include “August  ZOOM Meeting” in the subject line of your response. This response date will allow time for us to send you the information needed to participate in the ZOOM meeting.

Upcoming Events (all events, except field trips are via ZOOM until further notice)

  • September 9, 2022: Wes Andree; “JMDC: A gem of the Inland Empire
  • October 14, 2022: Leyla Namazie: The structural deformation and evolution of Terranes in the North American Western Cordillera using Paleomagnetism. Undergraduate Geophysics major at UC Berkeley
  • November 11,2022: Aaron Celestian: TBD

The MSSC is pleased to offer the new 2021 edition of Bob Pedersen’s X- Dana 

X-Dana Mineral Spreadsheet