The Little Gem is a copper mine located in Lander county, Nevada.
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Lat, Long: 40.31694, -116.69889
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Little Gem MRDS details
Primary: Little Gem
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1907
Discovery Year: 1907
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: M
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Basin And Range Province
Physiographic Section: Great Basin
Physiographic Detail: Basin And Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Description: Deposit In Upper Plate Of Roberts Mtn Thrust
Description: High Angle Basin & Range Period Faults, Normal Faults
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Country Rock Argillized Outwards From Stock
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Ordovician
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Ordovician
Comment (Deposit): ORE OCCURS IN A FAULT-FISSURE VEIN
Comment (Workings): INCLINED SHAFT AND SUBSIDIARY TUNNELS
Comment (Geology): THE ORE OCCURS IN A FAULT FISSURE VEIN COMPOSED LARGELY OF QUARTZ & CRUSHED COUNTRY ROCK. THE VEIN AVERAGES 4 FEET IN WIDTH, STRIKES E-W WITH A FLAT DIP TO THE SOUTH. MOST OF PRODUCTION OF SEVERAL THOUSAND TONS HAS BEEN FROM THE OXIDIZED ZONE. THE SULPHIDE ZONE APPEARS 75 FEET BELOW THE SURFACE CONTAINS ARSENOPYRITE, SPHALERITE, CHALCOPYRITE, GALENA, AND PYRITE. THE HOST ROCK IS STRONGLY SHEETED PARALLEL TO THE LODE AND ARGILLIZED AND SERICITIZED NEAR THE LODE. THE OREBODY STRIKES AN AVERAGE OF WEST AND DIPS ABOUT 30S. THE VEIN IS FROM 1 TO 6 FEET WIDE AND IS A ZONE OF CLOSELY SPACED PARALLEL SHEETS OF QUARTZ AND SULPHIDES. SINCE IT WAS FORMED THE VEIN HAS BEEN CRUSHED & SHATTERED BY MOVEMENT PARALLEL TO THE WALLS. IT IS CROSSED BY SEVERAL NORMAL FAULTS WHICH DO NOT APPRECIABLY OFFSET THE OREBODY (EMMONS, 1910).
Comment (Deposit): THE MINE COMPRISES ONE PATENTED AND THREE UNPATENTED CLAIMS. A 50 TON FLOTATION MILL WAS CONSTRUCTED IN 1937 BUT SOON CLOSED DOWN DUE TO METALLURGICAL DIFFICULTIES. WORKINGS CONSIST OF A 435 FOOT DEEP INCLINED SHAFT AND 1,500 FEET OF SUBSIDIARY TUNNELS. IN 1908 18 CARLOADS OF ORE YIELDED ABOUT $30 TON. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Comment (Production): 18 CARLOADS ORE AVERAGING $30/TON WERE SHIPPED IN 1907. PRODUCTION INCLUDED SOME LEAD AND ARSENIC.
Comment (Development): ONE PATENTED AND THREE UNPATENTED CLAIMS: A 50-TON FLOTATION MILL WAS CONSTRUCTED IN 1937 BUT SOON CLOSED DOWN DUE TO METALLURGICAL DIFFICULTIES
Reference (Deposit): STAGER, H.K. (1977) GEOLOGY & MINERAL RESOURCES OF LANDER CO NEV, N.B.M. BULL 88
Reference (Deposit): USBM (WINNEMUCCA) MILS NO. 87, REFERENCE NO. 3201500121
Reference (Deposit): EMMONS, W.H. (1910) RECONNAISSANCE OF MINING DISTRICTS IN ELKO, LANDER, & EUREKA COS., USGS BULL 408
Reference (Deposit): WRUCKE, C.T. (1974) GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE TENABO AREA, LANDER CO NEV, USGS MAP MF-647
Reference (Production): STAGER, H.K. (1977)
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.