Relief Shaft

The Relief Shaft is a copper and iron mine located in Salt Lake county, Utah at an elevation of 9,849 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

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: Relief Shaft  

State:  Utah

County:  Salt Lake

Elevation: 9,849 Feet (3,002 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper, Iron

Lat, Long: 40.58278, -111.58194

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Relief Shaft MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Relief Shaft
Secondary: Mountain Lake Group
Secondary: Great Western Mines


Commodity

Primary: Copper
Primary: Iron
Secondary: Silver
Secondary: Lead
Secondary: Gold
Tertiary: Tungsten


Location

State: Utah
County: Salt Lake
District: Big Cottonwood 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

Type: Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Great Western Mines Co.
Home Office: Ogden, Ut.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1875
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Middle Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Wasatch Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: IRREGULAR


Structure

Type: R
Description: Uinta-Cottonwood Arch, Sevier Overthrust Belt, Cordilleran Hingeline

Type: L
Description: Grizzly Thrust Fault


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Calc-Silicate Zone Of Skarn Environment, Oxidation


Rocks

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Mississippian

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

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


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 5% CU, MINOR AU AND AG, .25-.30% WO3


Materials

Ore: Magnetite
Ore: Scheelite
Ore: Gold
Ore: Malachite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Bornite
Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Galena
Gangue: Forsterite
Gangue: Serpentine
Gangue: Phlogopite
Gangue: Talc
Gangue: Tremolite
Gangue: Actinolite
Gangue: Epidote
Gangue: Garnet
Gangue: Chlorite
Gangue: Brucite


Comments

Comment (Commodity): DATA APPLIES TO MOUNTAIN LAKE GROUP AS A WHOLE

Comment (Location): TOWNSHIP IS UNSURVEYED ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1983

Comment (Development): WASATCH NATIONAL FOREST OWNS THE SURFACE RIGHTS

Comment (Geology): CONTACT BETWEEN THE GRANODIORITE AND CARBONATES IS VERY IRREGULAR. NUMEROUS ROOF PENDANTS AND XENOLITHIC BLOCKS OF CARBONATE OCCUR IN THE INTRUSIVE NEAR THE CONTACT. SOME UNUSUAL BORATES, LUDWIGITE AND MAGNESIOLUDWIGITE ARE ABUNDANT. OTHER UNUSUAL MINERALS SUCH AS EPHESITE, SUSSEXITE, XANTHOPHYLLITE AND HYDROMAGNESITE MAY ALSO BE PRESENT.

Comment (Deposit): NO KNOWN PRODUCTION ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT

Comment (Workings): SHAFT IS 60 FEET DEEP

Comment (Deposit): MINERALIZATION, OF UNKNOWN EXTENT, OCCURS ALONG CONTACT BETWEEN THE CLAYTON PEAK STOCK AND THE DESERET AND GARDISON LIMESTONES. SKARN MINERALIZATION IS MAGNETITE RICH

Comment (Deposit): Discovery Year: LATE 1800'S


References

Reference (Deposit): BAKER, A.A., CALKINS, F.C., CRITTENDEN, M.D., JR., AND BROMFIELD, C.S., 1966, GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE BRIGHTON QUADRANGLE, UTAH: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY GEOL. QUAD. MAP GQ-534

Reference (Deposit): JAMES, L.P., 1979, GEOLOGY, ORE DEPOSITS, AND HISTORY OF THE BIG COTTONWOOD MINING DISTRICT, SALT LAKE COUNTY, UTAH: U.G.M.S. BULL. NO. 114.

Reference (Deposit): CALKINS, F.C., AND BUTLER, B.S., 1943, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE COTTONWOOD-AMERICAN FORK AREA, UTAH: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROF. PAPER, NO. 201.

Reference (Deposit): BUTLER, B.S., LOUGHLIN, G.F., HEIKES, V.C., AND OTHERS, 1920, THE ORE DEPOSITS OF UTAH: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROF. PAPER, NO. 111.