Ocean Wave Mine

The Ocean Wave Mine is a gold and silver mine located in Hinsdale county, Colorado at an elevation of 10,259 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.

Mine Info

Name: Ocean Wave Mine  

State:  Colorado

County:  Hinsdale

Elevation: 10,259 Feet (3,127 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver

Lat, Long: 38.01583, -107.44028

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Ocean Wave Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Ocean Wave Mine
Secondary: Vermont Mine
Secondary: Patented Claims: Ocean Wave, MS 92
Secondary: Wave of the Ocean, MS 93
Secondary: Vermont, MS 2489a
Secondary: Alabama, MS 2940a
Secondary: Fairview, MS 2550
Secondary: Scotia, MS 2550
Secondary: Pearl, MS 2550
Secondary: Castle, MS 13103a
Secondary: Burro Cabin, MS 13103a
Secondary: El Sud, MS 16721
Secondary: El Norte, MS 16721
Secondary: Unpatented Claims: Sunset
Secondary: Evening Star
Secondary: Evelyn


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Primary: Silver
Secondary: Copper
Secondary: Lead
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Antimony


Location

State: Colorado
County: Hinsdale
District: Galena (Henson Creek) District


Land Status

Land ownership: Private
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Reynolds, A. E. (Estate)
Years: 1928 -

Owner Name: W. C. Martin And Co.
Home Office: Lake City, Co.
Years: 1928 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Year Last Production: 1916
Discovery Year: 1876
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Southern Rocky Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Type: R
Description: San Juan Volcanic Field, San Juan Deperession

Type: L
Description: San Juan-Uncompahgre Calderas, Lake City Caldera, Eureka Graben


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Oligocene

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Oligocene

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Oligocene

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Oligocene


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: AVERAGES WERE 84.53 OZ/TON AG AND 27.96 % PB.
Analytical Data: 0.05 % SB. CHIP SAMPLE FROM VEIN AT ADIT CONTAINED 3 % AL, 0.03 % CA, 3 % FE, 0.1 % MG, 0.2 % MN, 0.05 % TI, 200 PPM B, 60 PPM CR, 600 PPM CU, 20 PPM MO, 30000 PPM PB, 1000 PPM ZN, LT 70 PPM ZR, TRACE AU AND 1.4 OZ/TON AG (FIRE ASSAY), 0.05 % CU AND 0.99 % PB AND 0.19 % ZN (ATOMIC ABSORPTION). GRADE OF 85 SHIPMENTS OF 25 ST EACH WAS 33.9 TO 253.10 OZ/TON AG, 7.5 TO 59 % PB
Analytical Data: STEVEN AND OTHERS' (1977) SEMIQUANTITATIVE SPECTROGRAPHIC ANALYSES. GRAB SAMPLE FROM 4000-ST DUMP AT ADIT CONTAINED 1 % AL, 3 % FE, 0.05 % MG, 0.02 % MN, 0.02 % TI, 100 PPM B, 30 PPM CR, 3000 PPM CU, 30 PPM MO, 80000 PPM PB, 10000 PPM ZN, LT 70 PPM ZR, 0.02 OZ/TON AU AND 9.8 OZ/TON AG (FIRE ASSAY), 0.41 % CU AND 4.15 % PB AND 2.22 % ZN (ATOMIC ABSORPTION)


Materials

Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Quartz


Comments

Comment (Deposit): DEPOSIT LIES JUST OUTSIDE NORTH RIM OF LAKE CITY CALDERA IN UNCOMPAHGRE CALDERA INFILL ROCKS CONSISTING OF EUREKA MEMBER RHYOLITE AND PICAYUNE MEGABRECCIA, COMPOSED OF CHAOTIC MASSES OF PRECALDERA INTERMEDIATE-COMPOSITION ROCK INTERPRETED TO BE RESULT OF SLUMPING FROM OVERSTEEPENED CALDERA WALLS DURING INITIAL SUBSIDENCE OF UNCOMPAHGRE CALDERA. DEPOSIT IS CONCENTRIC VEIN IN SLACK'S (1980) QUARTZ/BASE-METAL ASSEMBLAGE, MIDDLE HYBRID ZONE. VEIN TRENDS EAST-WEST AND NE AND INTERSECTS MORE NNE-TRENDING TRANSVERSE VEIN IN ADJOINING LELLIE MINE WORKINGS.

Comment (Workings): OLDER WORKINGS INCLUDE 175-FT SHAFT AND VERMONT TUNNEL DRIVEN S 65W, EXTENT UNKNOWN , DEEP CROSSCUT TUNNEL DRIVEN 1500 FT GENERALLY NW. CDM REPORTS DESCRIBE WORKINGS AS 1300-FT CROSSCUT TUNNEL TO VEIN, WITH 2500 FT OF DRIFT AND RAISE TO UPPER WORKINGS. DRIFTS AND STOPES ON SECOND VEIN AT 1000 FT FROM PORTAL. DAGO TUNNEL (NEAR TOP OF HILL) DRIVEN 750 FT GENERALLY WEST; AT 400 FT FROM PORTAL IS 20-FT WINZE WITH 75-FT WEST DRIFT FROM BOTTOM.

Comment (Production): PARTIAL PRODUCTION RECORD. IRVING AND BANCROFT (1911) GIVE ANNUAL PRODUCTION FOR 1884, 1887, 1888, 1892, 1895, AND 1896, BUT ONLY TOTAL VALUES WERE LISTED, NOT TONS/OUNCES. TONNAGES CITED FOR 1893 AND 1894, BUT GRADES GIVEN ONLY AS DOLLARS/TON AVERAGE VALUES. MINE REPORTEDLY LAST PRODUCED IN 1916, BUT FIGURES ARE UNAVAILABLE.

Comment (Location): PRINCIPAL CLAIMS CROSS EL PASO CREEK ABOUT 2000 FT ABOVE CONFLUENCE WITH HENSON CREEK. ELEV AND LAT-LONG GIVEN ARE FOR OPENING ON VERMONT CLAIM ON WEST SIDE OF EL PASO CREEK IN S2 S2 SEC. 33. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1977


References

Reference (Deposit): IRVING, J.D., AND BANCROFT, HOWLAND, 1911, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS NEAR LAKE CITY, COLORADO: USGS BULL. 478, P. 85-86.

Reference (Deposit): SLACK, J.F., 1980, MULTISTAGE VEIN ORES OF THE LAKE CITY DISTRICT, WESTERN SAN MOUNTAINS, COLORADO: ECON. GEOLOGY, V. 75, NO. 7, P. 963-991.

Reference (Deposit): LIPMAN, P.W., 1976, GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE LAKE CITY CALDERA AREA, WESTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS, SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO: USGS MAP I-962.

Reference (Deposit): COLORADO DIV. MINES INF. REPTS.

Reference (Deposit): BLM MINERAL SURVEYS MS 92, 93, 2489A, 2490A, 2550, 13103A, 16721

Reference (Deposit): STEVEN, T.A., AND OTHERS, 1977, MINERAL RESOURCES OF STUDY AREAS CONTIGUOUS TO THE UNCOMPAHGRE PRIMITIVE AREA, SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS, SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO: USGS BULL. 1391-E, P. 83, 110-111.

Reference (Production): IRVING AND BANCROFT, 1911, P. 86.