The Samarskite is a tantalum, uranium, thorium, and niobium (columbium) mine located in Valley county, Idaho.
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.
Primary Mineral: Tantalum, Uranium, Thorium, Niobium (Columbium)
Lat, Long: 44.275, -115.46250
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Samarskite MRDS details
Primary: Niobium (Columbium)
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.
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Analytical Data: FS MIN EXAM., 1960. PLUMB.
Comment (Deposit): TESTING AND PROSPECTING DONE BY PORTER BROTHERS AND J. R. SIMPLOT COMPANY
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