Glass Buttes

The Glass Buttes is a mercury and gold 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: Glass Buttes  

State:  Oregon

County:  Lake

Elevation:

Commodity: Mercury, Gold

Lat, Long: 43.53333, -119.94306

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Glass Buttes MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Glass Buttes
Secondary: Polaris
Secondary: Ryan


Commodity

Primary: Mercury
Primary: Gold


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: Galactic Services, Inc.

Owner Name: Jackson Mountain Mining Co.
Years: 1968 -


Production

Year: 1968
Time Period: 1956-1968
Material type: HG
Description: Cp_Grade: ^Recovered From 61000 Tons Of Ore


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1956
Year Last Production: 1968
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
Physiographic Detail: High Lava Plains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Type: L
Description: Opalized Zones Are Along Nw Trending Faults


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Opalization Of Host Rocks


Rocks

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

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


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Cinnabar


Comments

Comment (Geology): THE PRINCIPLE ORE BODIES OCCUR IN AN INTENSELY CRUSHED OPALITE BRECCIA WHICH HAS BEEN RECEMENTED BY SILICA AND CINNABAR. OPALITE DERIVED FROM GLASSY SILICIC LAVAS AND TUFF.

Comment (Production): PRODUCTION INCLUDES 119 FLASKS FROM GLASS RIDGE MINE, 368 FL FROM THE RYAN GROUP AND 109 FL FROM THE POLARIS PROPERTY

Comment (Development): DMEA CONTRACT RECOMMENDED DENIED IN 1955

Comment (Workings): RYAN & GLASS RIDGE ORE BODIES BY OPEN PIT; POLARIS DEPOSIT IS DEVELOPED BY ABOUT1000 FT OF UNDERGROUND WORKINGS. PRODUCTION INCLUDES 119 FLASKS FROM GLASS RIDGE MINE, 368 FL FROM THE RYAN GROUP AND 109 FL FROM THE POLARIS PROPERTY

Comment (Reserve-Resource): ESTIMATED RESERVES ARE SMALL


References

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, 1965, USBM IC 8252

Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H. C., 1968, GLASS BUTTES MERCURY: ODGMI UNPUBLISHED REPORT

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

Reference (Deposit): 5) ROSS, C.P., 1941, SOME QUICKSILVER PROSPECTS IN ADJACENT PARTS OF NEVADA, CALIFORNIA, AN

Reference (Production): USBM AND COMPANY RECORDS VIA BROOKS, 1968


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