The De Soto Mine is a silver, lead, and antimony mine located in Pershing county, Nevada at an elevation of 6,749 feet.
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Elevation: 6,749 Feet (2,057 Meters)
Commodity: Silver, Lead, Antimony
Lat, Long: 40.53167, -118.15111
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De Soto Mine MRDS details
Primary: De Soto Mine
District: Star District
Land ownership: Private
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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1861
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: M
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Low-sulfide Au-quartz vein
Description: Pre-Minerafault Fissures, Fault Block
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Triassic
Analytical Data: GRAB SAMPLE-1.32%SB, 5.24% PB, 0.10% CU, 8.78 OZ/TON AG AND TRACES OF AU AND ZN.
Comment (Location): ABOUT 300 FEET SOUTH OF THE SHEBA MINE
Comment (Geology): GEOL.COM: THE FEEDER FOR ORE WAS A NARROW FISSURE VEIN STRIKING NORTHWARD AND DIPPING STEEPLY WEST IN THE RHYOLITE BODY. THE VEIN BROKE INTO NUMEROUS VEINLETS ALONG BEDDING PLANES AND FRACTURE CLEAVAGES IN THE OVERLYING TUFFACEOUS SANDSTONES (BASAL UNIT OF PRIDA FORMATION), WHICH IS OVERLAIN BY AN IMPERVIOUS THIN SHALY LIMESTONE THAT FORMED THE HANGING WALL IN THE DEPOSIT AND TRAPPED THE MINERALIZING SOLUTIONS. THE VEIN IS UP TO 48 INCHES WIDE. THE VEINS FILL PREMINERAL FAULT FISSURES OF SMALL DISPLACEMENT IN THE RHYOLITE INTRUSIVE AND LOWER MEMBER OF PRIDA FORMATION.
Comment (Workings): DEVELOPED BY TWO ADITS, 600 AND 900 FT LONG
Comment (Deposit): THIS MINE IS ON THE SAME MINERALIZED ZONE AS THE SHEBA. THE ORE FEEDER WAS A NARROW FISSURE VEIN STRIKING NORTH AND DIPPING STEEPLY WEST IN THE RHYOLITE BODY. THE VEIN BROKE INTO NUMEROUS VEINLETS ALONG BEDDING PLANES AND FRACTURE CLEAVAGES IN THE OVERLYING TUFFACEOUS SANDSTONES (BASAL UNIT OF PRIDA FORMATION), WHICH IS OVERLAIN BY AN IMPERVIOUS THIN SHALY LIMESTONE THAT FORMED THE HANGING WALL IN THE DEPOSIT AND TRAPPED THE MINERALIZING SOLUTIONS. THE VEIN IS UP TO 48 INCHES WIDE. THE VEINS FILL PREMINERAL FAULT FISSURES OF SMALL DISPLACEMENT IN THE RHYOLITE INTRUSIVE AND LOWER MEMBER OF PRIDA FORMATION.; MODEL NAME COULD ALSO BE: POLYMETALLIC VEINS.
Comment (Production): ORES VALVED AT $60 TO $250 PER TON (1869)
Comment (Deposit): LOCATED IN 1861. THE PROPERTY INCLUDES THE STAR PEAK, STAR PEAK NO. 2, STAR PEAK NO. 3, SILVER REEF, WOOLCOTT, HYDENFELDT, DESOTO, TUNNEL, TREASURE, AND ROCKY CLIFF CLAIMS, ALL PATENTED IN 1904. DEVELOPED BY TWO ADITS, 600 AND 900 FEET LONG. THE DESOTO AND SHEBA MINES ARE ON THE SAME ZONE OF MINERALIZATION. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Reference (Deposit): JOHNSON, M.G., 1977, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF PERSHING COUNTY, NEVADA; NBMG BULL. 89
Reference (Deposit): RANSOME, 1909, NOTES ON SOME MINING DISTRICTS IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY, NEVADA; USGS BULL. 414
Reference (Deposit): VANDERBURG, 1936, RECONNAISSANCE OF MINING DISTRICTS IN PERSHING COUNTY, NEVADA; USBM 1C 6902
Reference (Deposit): LAWRENCE, 1963, ANTIMONY DEPOSITS OF NEVADA; NBMG BULL. 61
Reference (Deposit): CAMERON, 1939, GEOLOGY AND MINERALIZATION OF THE NE HUMBOLDT RANGE; GSA BULL. 50.
Reference (Deposit): WHITE, 1869, REPORT OF THE STATE MINERALOGIST OF NEVADA FOR 1867 AND 1868, CARSON CITY, NEVADA.
Reference (Production): WHITE, 1869
Nevada has a total of 368 distinct gold districts. Of the of those, just 36 are major producers with production and/or reserves of over 1,000,000 ounces, 49 have production and/or reserves of over 100,000 ounces, with the rest having less than 100,000 ounces. Read more at Gold Districts of Nevada.