Argentine Shaft

The Argentine Shaft is a copper, gold, and lead mine located in Salt Lake county, Utah at an elevation of 8,399 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: Argentine Shaft  

State:  Utah

County:  Salt Lake

Elevation: 8,399 Feet (2,560 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper, Gold, Lead

Lat, Long: 40.51111, -112.18111

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Argentine Shaft MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Argentine Shaft
Secondary: Argentine Tunnel


Commodity

Primary: Copper
Primary: Gold
Primary: Lead
Tertiary: Iron


Location

State: Utah
County: Salt Lake
District: Bingham 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: Kennecott Minerals Co.


Production

Not available


Deposit

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


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Colorado Plateaus
Physiographic Section: High Plateaus Of Utah
Physiographic Detail: Uinta Extension


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: IRREGULAR


Structure

Type: R
Description: Basin And Range

Type: L
Description: Breccia Zones (N-S And N30e, Dip Steeply Ne)


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Dolomitization, Biotitization, Chloritization, Diopsitization, Actinolitization And Silicification


Rocks

Name: Trachyte
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Trachyte
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Pennsylvanian

Name: Trachyte
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Trachyte
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pennsylvanian


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Limonite
Gangue: Epidote
Gangue: Actinolite
Gangue: Diopside
Gangue: Garnet
Gangue: Biotite
Gangue: Clay
Gangue: Talc
Gangue: Chlorite


Comments

Comment (Workings): THE INCLINE FOLLOWS THE CONTACT OF QUARTZITE AND LIMESTONE BEDS. A 200 FT. TUNNEL ENDS AT THE CONTACT OF HOSTROCKS WITH PORPHYRY.

Comment (Geology): MINERALIZATION IS INTIMATELY ASSOCIATED WITH QUARTZ VEINS IN ALTERED HOSTROCKS. QUARTZITES ARE CALCAREOUS NEAR ORE ZONES. LIMESTONES ARE DARK GRAY TO BLACK, BUT ARE OF LIGHTER COLORS IN AND AROUND ALTERED WALLROCKS. CALCITE AND JASPEROID VEINS ARE COMMON.

Comment (Location): INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1977)

Comment (Deposit): DEPOSIT LIES IN A ZONE OF CROSS FAULTING, SW OF OCCIDENTAL FAULT. WALLROCKS ARE HIGHLY SHEARED AND ALTERED. ORE ZONES ARE LOCALIZED IN FISSURES AND FRACTURES


References

Reference (Deposit): BOUTWELL, J.M., 1905, ECONOMIC GEOLOGY OF THE BINGHAM MINING DISTRICT, UTAH: USGS P. P. 38, 410P.

Reference (Deposit): BRAY, E.R., WILSON, J.C., 1975, GUIDE BOOK TO THE BINGHAM MINING DISTRICT: SOCIETY OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGISTS

Reference (Deposit): COOK, D.R., 1961, GEOLOGY OF THE BINGHAM MINING DISTRICT AND NORTHERN OQUIRRH MOUNTAIN, GUIDE BOOK TO THE GEOLOGY OF UTAH, NO. 16 UTAH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, 145P.

Reference (Deposit): BUTLER, B.S., ET.AL., 1920, THE ORE DEPOSITS OF UTAH: USGS P.P. 111, 672P.