The Big Question Prospect is a uranium mine located in Pershing county, Nevada at an elevation of 4,501 feet.
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Elevation: 4,501 Feet (1,372 Meters)
Lat, Long: 40.1575, -119.27528
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Big Question Prospect MRDS details
Primary: Big Question Prospect
Secondary: Altonella No. 78
District: Nightingale District
Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Deposit Type: Contact Metasomatic
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
Mineral Deposit Model
Description: Central Eugeosynclinal Portion Of Basin And Range Of Nevada
Description: Roof Pendant
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Kaolinization Of Pegmatite
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Jurassic
Analytical Data: 1300 CPS (19 X BG) OVER (35 FT X 10 FT X 2 FT). SPOTTY CONCENTRATION OF U308 ASSOCIATED WITH LIMONITE ADJACENT TO PEGMATITE IN META SEDIM NTS. SAMPLE ME X 037 OF METASOMATIZED SLATE CONTAINS 175 PPM CU308.
Comment (Location): 25 MILES NORTH OF NIXON, ON GRAVEL ROAD ONE SIDE OF WINNEMUCCA DRY LAKE, THEN EAST UP FACE OF STEEP SLOPE ON FIRST PROMINENT SWITCHBACK. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1972)
Comment (Commodity): HIGH COUNT IS SPOTTY AND OF SUCH LOW GRADE AS TO MAKE THE DEPOSIT UNECONOMICAL
Comment (Deposit): NUMEROUS PEGMATITE DIKES AND SILLS OR DIKES OF GRANODIORITE INJECTED INTO METASEDIMENTS OF AULD LANG SYNE GROUP. DIKES AND SILLS HAVE GREATLY DISTORTED THE METASEDIMENTS. THESE ROCKS HAVE BEEN ALTERED 6-12 INCHES FROM THE PEGMATITE, AND STAINED BY LIMONITE. PEGMATITE IS WHITEHIGHLY FRACTURED WITH FELDSPAR CONVERTED ALMOST ENTIIRELY TO CLAY
Comment (Workings): ROADCUTS UP MOUNTAIN TO APPARENT SCHEELITE PROSPECT; DOZER CUT
Reference (Deposit): SMOUSE, DE FORREST, 1978, FIELD EXAMINATION REPORT ON URANIUM OCCURRENCE.
Reference (Deposit): AEC PRELIM. RECONN. REPORT 3733, OPEN FILE
Reference (Deposit): GARSIDE, L.J., 1973, NBMG BULL 81, P. 95.
Reference (Deposit): JOHNSON, M.G., 1977, NBMG BULL 89, PL. 1.
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.