The Desert Queen Mine is a gold and silver mine located in Churchill county, Nevada at an elevation of 4,400 feet.
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Elevation: 4,400 Feet (1,341 Meters)
Commodity: Gold, Silver
Lat, Long: 39.79917, -118.89056
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Desert Queen Mine MRDS details
Primary: Desert Queen Mine
Secondary: Chrysler-Bonanza Group
Secondary: Manitou Gold Mining Co. Property
Secondary: NBMG Sample Site 2650
District: Desert District
Land ownership: Private
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Owner Name: Herman N. Marker And K. O. Olfers Of Lovelock
Years: 1940 -
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1860
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Polymetallic veins
Description: Shears, Joints In Diorite.
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Kaolinization, Chloritization Of Diorite Wallrock
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Jurassic
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Jurassic
Analytical Data: AU 0.22-7.62 PPM. NBMG SAMPLE 2650, A DUMP SAMPLE OF BRECCIATED QUARTZ VEIN MATERIAL CONTAINING CU MINERALS AND OTHER SULFIDES, CONTAINS 3% FE, 0.05% CA, 0.01% II, 300 PPM MN, 500 PPM AG, 1000 PPM AS, 10 PPM AU, 20 PPM B, 50 PPM BA, 1 PPM BE, 70 PPM BI, 5000 PPM CU, 10 PPM MO, 500 PPM PB, 500 PPM SB, 70 PPM V, 10 PPM ZR. A ANALYSIS ALSO SHOWED 21 PPM AU.
Analytical Data: AG 0-70 PPM
Comment (Deposit): THIS IS AN UPDATED VERSION OF A PREVIOUS RECORD (M231003) THAT HAS BEEN MERGED WITH THIS ONE. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 3 FIELD OBSERV
Comment (Location): ABOUT 2.75 MILES N 70 E OF DESERT PEAK ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1972)
Comment (Production): TOTAL IS FOR 1883, 1884, 1938 AND 1939. NO RECORDED PRODUCTION SINCE 1951, BUT PRODUCTION WAS DOUBTLESS LARGER THAN THIS AMT.
Comment (Development): RUINS OF OLD STONE CABIN, SQUARE NAILS AND PURPLE GLASS FRAGMENTS INDICATE THAT ACTIVITY DATES TO 1860-1870. IT MAY HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED AS EARLY AS 1849 BY EMIGRANTS, AND IT WAS WORKED INTERMITTENTLY BEGINNING IN THE 1860'S. A MILL WAS ERECTED IN 1863, AND A SECOND MILL WAS BUILT LATER. IN 1931, A LOVELOCK GROUP RELOCATED THE CLAIMS AND IN 1932, THE MANITOU GOLD MINING CO. WAS ORGANIZED. A MILL WAS ERECTED BY THEM IN 1937. THEIR HOLDINGS COMPRISED 10 UNPATENTED CLAIMS IN 1940.
Comment (Deposit): 1-2 FT THICK FROM OXIDE-STAINED QUARTZ VEINS FOLLOW SHEAR ZONE IN DIORITE, WHICH IS KAOLINIZED AND CHLORITIZED, AND CUT BY SEVERAL 1-2 INCH THICK APLITE DIKES WHICH ARE PALE GREEN (CHLORITIZED). VEINS AND ADJACENT WALLROCKS ARE FE-OXIDE STAINED, SOME CU OXIDE STAINING, WALLROCK IS SHEETED PARALLEL TO VEINING TO THE SE (UP THE SLOPE TO THE RIDGE CREST), WHERE THE ZONE BECOMES 20-25 FT THICK CONTAINING 5-6, 0.5-1 FT THICK QUARTZ VEINS. ZONE AND VEIN TREND N 30 W, DIP 45 NE. VEIN MATERIAL CONSISTS OF CLEAR AND WHITE VITREOUS QUARTZ, BRECCIATED, WITH CLOTS OF CHALCOPYRITE OXIDIZING TO MELACONITE, GREEN CU OXIDES; THERE ARE STREAKS AND IRREGULARLY SHAPED DROPLETS OF A DARK SULFIDE IN THE CLEAR QUARTZ.
Comment (Workings): SEVERAL ADITS AND SHAFTS. INCLINED SHAFT ON VEIN, STOPING FROM SURFACE DOWN, CAVED ADIT, CUTS. MOST EXTENSIVE WORKINGS OF THE DISTRICT.
Comment (Geology): MINE IS DEVELOPED ALONG A SET OF QUARTZ VEINS THAT PARALLEL JOINTS IN A BODY OF DIORITE. VEINS AND JOINTS STRIKE N 70 DEG W AND DIP 35 - 40 DEG NE. THE VEINS ARE CLOSELY SPACED BUT PINCH AND SWELL ALONG THEIR COURSE; THE THICKNESS OF INDIVIDUAL VEINS IS ABOUT 5-6 INCHES IN GENERAL. THE MINERALIZED ZONE IS 5 TO 6 FEET THICK. WORKINGS CONSIST OF ADITS AT SEVERAL LEVELS, PROSPECT PITS, AND AN INCLINED SHAFT. (WILDEN AND SPEED, P.66-67)
Reference (Deposit): TINGLEY, J.V., 1985, NBMG FIELD EXAMINATION, 2/26/85, AND SAMPLE ANALYSIS
Reference (Production): WILLDEN, VANDERBURG.
Reference (Deposit): WILLDEN, RONALD & SPEED, R.C., 1974,GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF CHURCHILL CO., NEVADA: NBMG BULL 83.
Reference (Deposit): VANDERBURG, W.O., 1940, USBM I.C. 7093
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.