The Church Mountain Deposit is a gold and iron mine located in Whatcom county, Washington at an elevation of 3,399 feet.
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All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.
Name: Church Mountain Deposit
Elevation: 3,399 Feet (1,036 Meters)
Commodity: Gold, Iron
Lat, Long: 48.91583, -121.85556
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Church Mountain Deposit MRDS details
Primary: Church Mountain Deposit
District: Mount Baker District
Land ownership: National Forest
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Administrative Organization: In Mount Baker National Forest
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Northern Cascade Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Form: STREAM SEDIMENT DEPOSITS
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Analytical Data: TWO RANDOM SAMPLES OF ASSAYED 41.04 AND 45.48% FE2O3, ABOUT 8% OF THE SAMPLES WAS MAGNETITE. FERRUGINOUS ARGILLITE ASSAYED 29.42% FE, 0.264-0.397% P, 10.96% SIO2, 3.14% AL2O3, 16.56% CAO, TRACE MN, NIL S. VALUED AT $2.72/TON AU.
Comment (Location): ON SOUTH SLOPE OF CHURCH MOUNTAIN
Comment (Deposit): DEPOSIT IS CLASSIFIED AS A FOSSIL PLACER DEPOSIT, FOR WHICH THERE IS NO PUBLISHED MODEL. HOST ROCKS CONSIST OF JUR-CRET CALCAREOUS CLASTIC SEDIMENTARY ROCKS. SEVERAL BEDS OF THE SEQUENCE CONTAIN FOSSILS, PREDOMINANTLY BELEMNITES AND PELECYPODS. IRON MINERALS ARE DISSEMINATED IN A SANDY ARGILLITE BED, IN PART CALCAREOUS, ABOUT 100 FT THICK. MINERALIZATION IS NOT UNIFORM THROUGHOUT THE HOST BED
Reference (Deposit): TABOR, R.W., HAUGERUD, R.A., BOOTH, D.B., AND BROWN, E.B., 199X, PRELIMINARY GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE MOUNT BAKER 30 X 60 MINUTE QUADRANGLE, WASHINGTON: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OPEN-FILE REPORT 9X-XXX, SCALE 1:100,000 (IN PREPARATION IN 1993).
Reference (Deposit): HUNTTING M.T., 1956, INVENTORY OF WASHINGTON MINERALS - PART II, METALLIC MINERALS: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 37, V. 1, P. 204.
Reference (Deposit): MOEN, W.S., 1969, MINES AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 57, P. 74.
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