Polaris

The Polaris is a mercury mine located in Lake county, Oregon.

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: Polaris  

State:  Oregon

County:  Lake

Elevation:

Commodity: Mercury

Lat, Long: 43.53306, -119.94167

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Polaris MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Polaris


Commodity

Primary: Mercury


Location

State: Oregon
County: Lake
District: Glass Buttes


Land Status

Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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: Surface/Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Asa Goddard


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1956
Year Last Production: 1970
Discovery Year: 1933
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Harney Section


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: TABULAR


Structure

Type: L
Description: Nw Trending Faults


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Opalization Of Host Rocks


Rocks

Name: Tuff
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Miocene

Name: Tuff
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Miocene


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Cinnabar


Comments

Comment (Workings): AN ADIT WITH SEVERAL BRANCHES AND A GLORY HOLE RAISE TO AN OPEN CUT IN THE ORE ZONE; SEVERAL TRENCHES AND SHALLOW SHAFTS

Comment (Geology): OPALITE DERIVED FROM GLASSY SILICIC FLOWS AND TUFF.


References

Reference (Reserve-Resource): BROOKS, H.C., ODGMI UNPUBLISHED REPORT

Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H.C., 1963, QUICKSILVER IN OREGON: ODGMI BULL. 55, P. 172-174

Reference (Deposit): ROSS, C.P., 1941, SOME QUICKSILVER DEPOSITS IN ADJACENT PARTS OF NEVADA, CALIFORNIA AND OREGON: USGS BULL. 931-B, P. 33-35

Reference (Deposit): REED, G.C., 1946, EXPLORATION OF GLASS BUTTES MERCURY DEPOSIT, LAKE COUNTY, OREGON: USBM REPT. OF INVESTIGATIONS 3926

Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H.C., 1968, GLASS BUTTES MERCURY: ODGMI UNPUBLISHED REPORT

Reference (Production): BROOKS, 1968


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