The Smoky Valley Mine is a silver and lead mine located in Lander county, Nevada.
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Commodity: Silver, Lead
Lat, Long: 39.37306, -117.01222
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Smoky Valley Mine MRDS details
Primary: Smoky Valley Mine
Secondary: Big Smoky
District: Birch Creek District
Land ownership: National Forest
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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
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
Name: Quartz Monzonite
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Permian
Name: Quartz Monzonite
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Jurassic
Comment (Deposit): THIS IS THE LARGEST MINE IN THE DISTRICT. IT CONSISTS OF A CROSSCUT ADIT, SEVERAL SHAFTS, AND MORE THAN 1,000 FEET OF UNDERGROUND WORKINGS ON THE RIDGE SOUTH OF THE MOUTH OF BIRCH CREEK. A 20-STAMP MILL WAS CRECTED AT THE MOUTH OF BIRCH CREEK TO TREAT ORE FROM THIS MINE. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Comment (Location): RIDGE SOUTH OF THE MOUTH OF BIRCH CREEK
Comment (Production): BETWEEN $5,000 TO $100,000 WAS PRODUCED TO 1969.
Comment (Deposit): A QUARTZ VEIN IN SHALE; ALONG A QUARTZ MAONZONITE CONTACT
Comment (Workings): A CROSSCUT ADIT, SEVERAL SHAFTS, AND MORE THAN 1,000 FT OF UNDERGROUND WORKINGS
Comment (Geology): THE DEPOSIT OCCURS IN A QUARTZ VEIN THAT STRIKES N 65DGE E AND DIPS STEEPLY NORTHWEST IN SHALE ALONG A QUARTZ MONZONITE CONTACT. THE VEIN IS 15 TO 20 FT THICK AND CONTAINS SPARSE ARGENTIFEROUS TETRAHEDRITE, GALENA, SPHALERITE, AND ARSENOPYRITE, WITH TRACES OF NATIVE SILVER.
Reference (Deposit): STEWART, J.H., MCKEE, E.H., AND STAGER, H.K., 1977, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF LANDER COUNTY, NEVADA: NBMG BULL. 88.
Reference (Deposit): VANDERBURG, W.O., 193., RECONNAISSANCE OF MINING DISTRICTS IN LANDER COUNTY, NEVADA: US BUREAU OF MINES INF. CIRC. 7043.
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.