The Little Giant Mine is a silver and gold mine located in Lander county, Nevada at an elevation of 6,299 feet.
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Elevation: 6,299 Feet (1,920 Meters)
Commodity: Silver, Gold
Lat, Long: 40.60722, -117.07500
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Little Giant Mine MRDS details
Primary: Little Giant Mine
Secondary: Silver Leaf Group Claims
District: Battle Mountain District
Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1869
Discovery Year: 1867
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Basin And Range Province
Physiographic Section: Great Basin
Physiographic Detail: Basin And Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Polymetallic veins
Description: Thrust Faults
Description: Nw-Trending Faults
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Strong Sericitic, Pyritic, Propylitic, Phyllic Alteration Of The Granite Porphyry, Increasing In Intesity Toward Veins.
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cambrian
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Pliocene
Analytical Data: RICH ORE UP TO 150 OZ. AG PER TON. ORE MILLED SINCE 1903 VARIES IN GRADE FROM 14 TO 167 OZ AZ/TON AND UP TO 0.5 OZ/TON AU, AND 7% PB
Comment (Production): RECORDS OF EARLY PRODUCTION 1860'S TO 1905) ARE FRAGMENTARY, BUT ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT $500,000. WORTH.
Comment (Development): THIS WAS THE FIRST STEADY PRODUCER IN THE DISTRICT, AND THE PRINCIPAL MINE IN 1870. PRODUCTION CONTINUED HERE EVEN THROUGH THE LATE 1880'S WHEN MOST OTHER MINES IN THE DISTRICT SHUT DOWN. ORE WAS TREATED IN A MILL 1/2 MILE NORTH OF THE WORKINGS, ORIGINALLY EQUIPPED WITH 5 STAMPS, AND LATER WITH 10. RECORDS OF EARLY PRODUCTION (1860'S-1905) ARE FRAGMENTARY, BUT ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN ABOUT $500,000 WORTH.
Comment (Deposit): FIRST PROSPECTED IN 1867. PRODUCTION TO JULY 1,1869 WAS ABOUT $70,000 TOTAL. THIS WAS THE FIRST STEADY PRODUCER IN THE DISTRICT, AND THE PRINCIPAL MINE IN 1870. PRODUCTION CONTINUED HERE, ON A SMALL SCALE EVEN THROUGH THE LATE 1880'S WHEN MOST OTHER DISTRICT MINES WERE SHUT DOWN. ORE WAS TREATED IN A MILL 1/2 MILE N. OF THE WORKINGS, ORIG. EQUIPPED WITH 5 STAMPS AND LATER WITH 10 RECORDS OF EARLY PRODUCTION (1860'S TO 1905) IS FRAGMENTARY, BUT IT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT $500,000. WORTH ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Comment (Geology): LITTLE GIANT VEIN CUTS BOTH QUARTZITE AND PORPHYRY. ORE IN 1912 WAS MOSTLY STRONGLY OXIDIZED PYRITE IS DISSEMINATED THROUGHOUT COUNTRY ROCK IN PLACES, CUT BY LATER PYRITE VEINLETS CUT BY LATER VEINS OF SECONDARY SILVER SULPHIDES
Comment (Location): BETWEEN IRISH ROSE AND BUCKINGHAM MINES
Reference (Deposit): STEWART, J.H., MCKEE, E.H., AND STAGER, H.K., 1977, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF LANDER COUNTY NEVADA; NEV. BUREAU OF MINES. BULL 88
Reference (Deposit): HILL, J.M., 1915, SOME MINING DISTRICTS IN NE. CALIF AND NW NEVADA; U.S.G.S. BULL 594
Reference (Deposit): ROBERTS, R.J. AND ARNOLD, D.C., 1965, ORE DEPOSITS OF THE ANTLER PEAK QUADRANGLE HUMBOLDT AND LANDER COUNTIES, NEVADA: U.S.G.S. BULL. 459-B
Reference (Production): ROBERTS, R.J. AND ARNOLD, D.C., 1965
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.