The Imperial Vein is a gold and silver mine located in Baker county, Oregon at an elevation of 7,402 feet.
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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.
Elevation: 7,402 Feet (2,256 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver
Lat, Long: 44.86528, -118.27111
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Imperial Vein MRDS details
Primary: Imperial Vein
Secondary: Part of the Imperial-Eagle
District: Cable Cove
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.
Administrative Organization: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Owner Name: Ibex Minerals Inc.
Years: 1981 -
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Blue Mountain Section
Mineral Deposit Model
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Comment (Deposit): MASSIVE SULPHIDES OCCUR IN LENSES AND SHOOTS UP TO 50 FT IN WIDTH AND 2 FT IN THICKNESS WHICH PLUNGE STEEPLY TO THE SOUTHWEST
Comment (Workings): IMPERIAL VEIN DEVELOPED BY ABOUT 4500 OF DRIFTS ON THREE LEVELS (1914)
Comment (Development): SURFACE EXPLORATION BY SEVERAL COMPANIES IN 1981
Reference (Deposit): FERNS, M.L. AND OTHERS,1982, MAP OF THE GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF THE MT. IRELAND QUADRANGLE, BAKER AND GRANT COUNTIES, OREGON; ODGMI MAP (IN PREPARATION)
Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H.C. AND RAMP, L., 1968,GOLD AND SILVER IN OREGON; ODGMI BULL. 61, P. 70
Reference (Deposit): PARDEE, J.T. AND HEWITT, D.F., 1914, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE SUMPTER QUADRANGLE; OREGON BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY, VOL. 1, NO. 6, P. 98
Reference (Deposit): LINDGREN, W., 1901, GOLD BELT OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN OREGON; USGS ANN. REPT. NO. 22, P. 673
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