Red Elephant Prospect

The Red Elephant Prospect is a chromium mine located in Baker 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: Red Elephant Prospect  

State:  Oregon

County:  Baker

Elevation:

Primary Mineral: Chromium

Lat, Long: 44.36389, -118.29361

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Red Elephant Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Red Elephant Prospect
Secondary: Hiller Chrome Mine
Secondary: Lyons Mine


Commodity

Primary: Chromium
Tertiary: Nickel
Tertiary: Mercury


Location

State: Oregon
County: Baker


Land Status

Administrative Organization: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Not available


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Blue Mountain Section


Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Podiform chromite (minor)


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Andesite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Paleocene

Name: Andesite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Middle Triassic


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: SILICA-CARBONATE ZONE AVERAGES 0.235% NI


Materials

Ore: Chromite
Ore: Cinnabar
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Serpentine


Comments

Comment (Location): LOCATED ON ADIT SYMBOL

Comment (Production): APPROXIMATELY 80 TONS OF 47% CR2O3 ORE WAS SHIPPED IN 1917-1918.

Comment (Deposit): RECORD (M014083) HAS BEEN MERGED WITH THIS RECORD AND DELETED FROM THE OREGON FILE

Comment (Geology): CHROMITE LENSES OCCUR IN A BLOCK OF SERPENTINIZED PERIDOTITE. SLIGHTLY ANAMOLOUS MERCURY AND NICKEL CONCENTRATIONS OCCUR IN SILICA-CARBONATE ZONES ALONG THE MARGINS OF THE SERPENTINE BODY.


References

Reference (Deposit): FREDERICK, F., 1945, STATE OF OREGON MAP SHOWING LOCATION OF QUICKSILVER DEPOSITS: OREGON DEPT. OF GEOL. AND MIN. INDUSTRIES, SCALE 1:1,000,000

Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H. C., 1963, QUICKSILVER IN OREGON: OREGON DEPT. OF GEOLOGY AND MINERAL INDUSTRIES, BULL. 55, 223 P.

Reference (Deposit): MERCURY IN OREGON, 1945, USBM IC 8252

Reference (Deposit): LOWERY, W.D., 1968, GEOLOGY OF THE IRONSIDE MOUNTAIN QUADRANGLE, ODGMI OPEN FILE REPORT, P. 71. & 5)RAMP, L., 1978, INVESTIGATIONS OF NICKEL IN OREGON, ODGMI MISC. PAPER 20., P. 60.

Reference (Deposit): 1942 RECON ODGMI FILE REPORT

Reference (Deposit): 1963 COMPIL ODGMI REF. 1

Reference (Deposit): 1978 COMPIL ODGMI REF. 5

Reference (Production): ODGMI FILES


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