The Surprise Mine is a gold, silver, lead, copper, and zinc mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 5,679 feet.
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Elevation: 5,679 Feet (1,731 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver, Lead, Copper, Zinc
Lat, Long: 45.91889, -112.03361
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Surprise Mine MRDS details
Primary: Surprise Mine
Secondary: Olson's Surprise
District: Whitehall (Cardwell) District
Land ownership: Federal
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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1930
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Bull Mountain
Mineral Deposit Model
Description: West Bull Mtn. Block
Description: Nw To Ne Trending Folds And Faults
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic
Comment (Workings): 1 SHAFT, 1 ADIT.
Comment (Geology): GEOL.DESC: FISSURE FILLING, 6 IN TO 4 FT WIDE
Comment (Deposit): VEIN RANGES 6 INCHES TO 4 FEET. VEIN PROBABLY EXTENSION OF CARBONATE MINE VEIN TO WEST.
Reference (Deposit): ALEXANDER, R.G., 1955, GEOLOGY OF THE WHITEHALL AREA, MONTANA YELLOWSTONE-BIGHORN RESEARCH PROJECT, CONTRIBUTION 195, 111 P.
Reference (Deposit): CONSV. DIV. COMP. DATE, 12-21-1961
Reference (Deposit): 1960 RECON MBMG BULLETIN 1
Reference (Production): MBMG BULLETIN 16.
Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 16.
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