Polaris Group

The Polaris Group is a gold mine located in Greenlee county, Arizona at an elevation of 4,760 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

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.

Mine Info

Name: Polaris Group  

State:  Arizona

County:  Greenlee

Elevation: 4,760 Feet (1,451 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 33.13472, -109.30778

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Polaris Group MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Polaris Group
Secondary: Parrot Group
Secondary: Golden Eagle
Secondary: Evans Point Gold Placers


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Secondary: Copper
Secondary: Silver
Secondary: Lead
Secondary: Zinc


Location

State: Arizona
County: Greenlee
District: Copper Mountain District


Land Status

Land ownership: Private
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Surface/Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Amax Inc.
Years: 1981 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1911
Year Last Production: 1943
Discovery Year: 1890
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Basin And Range Province
Physiographic Section: Mexican Highland


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: CONTIGUOUS LENSE AND SHOOT DEPOSITS

Form: CONTIGUOUS LENSE AND SHOOT DEPOSITS


Structure

Type: R
Description: Granite Mass Cut By W-E Trending Dikes Of Porphyry, Diorite, And Phonolite; Dikes Run At Acute And Right Angles To Vein System

Type: L
Description: N-Trending Quartzitic Fissure Veins With Well-Defined Contacts Between Granite And Sedimentary Rocks; Polaris Property Contains 10 Nearly Vertical Quartz And Porphyry-Filled Veins That Are Traceable On Surface


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Surface Oxidation To Unknown Depths


Rocks

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age in Years: 55.500000+-0.500000
Age Young: Tertiary

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age in Years: 55.500000+-0.500000
Age Young: Tertiary


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: ASSAY VALUES AVERAGED 3% CU, 4 TO 15 OZ AG


Materials

Ore: Bornite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Chalcocite
Gangue: Sulfur
Gangue: Kaolin


Comments

Comment (Location): ABOVE LOCATION COORDINATES DESCRIBE POLARIS MINE; POLARIS GROUP CLAIMS LOCATED IN SECTIONS 25,26,35,36 OF TOWNSHIP 35 RANGE 29E AND SECTIONS 30,31 OF TOWNSHIP 35 RANGE 30 E ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1973)

Comment (Development): OPERATORS INCLUDED POLARIS MINING AND MILLING CO; BECKER FRANZ CO; ARICANA MINING CORPORATION; BANNER MINING CO; BOYLES BROTHERS DRILLING CO; VICTORY MINING CO; EVERT L. HAGAN; J.A. HAGAN; SOUTHWESTERN DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT CO; POLARIS GROUP NAMES CHANGED TO PARROT GROUP IN 1943 WHEN VICTORY MINING CO OPERATED PROPERTY

Comment (Deposit): POLARIS PROPERTY LOCATED ON 3 VEINS (GOLDEN EAGLE, BLACK PRINCE, RUSSIAN BEAR/FAIRVIEW); PLACER DEPOSITS IN ALL DRAINAGES FROM PROPERTY; 60 PATENTED AND UNPATENTED CLAIMS TOTALLING 1100 ACRES PLUS 70-ACRE MILLSITE; VEINS AVERAGE 1 TO 5 FT WIDTH AND TEND TO INCREASE IN SIZE WITH DEPTH

Comment (Workings): POLARIS MINE OPENED BY 105 FT BLACK PRINCE SHAFT, 100 FT NONESUCH SHAFT 140 FT GOLDEN EAGLE SHAFT, 560 FT BLACK PRINCE TUNNEL, 320 FT FRACTION TUNNEL, 307 FT GOLDEN EAGLE TUNNEL, 532 FT PHONOLITE TUNNEL; SURFACE MINING FROM PLACERS AND ORE LENSES ENRICHED BY REDEPOSIT

Comment (Geology): POLARIS PROPERTY LIES ENTIRELY ON HOST GRANITE EXCEPT ALONG NW SIDE OF GROUP WHICH LIES ON A BELT OF LIMESTONE AND SHALES; INTRUSIVE DIKES OF RHYOLITE AND PHONOLITE DEVELOPED AFTER VEIN EMPLACEMENT

Comment (Deposit): SEE ALSO: GOLDEN EAGLE PROSPECT; GOLDEN EAGLE SHAFT AND TUNNEL NOW CONSIDERED PART OF POLARIS MINE WORKINGS ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT


References

Reference (Deposit): ABGMT-USBM FILE DATA

Reference (Deposit): ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF MINERAL RESOURCES FILE DATA, UNDER POLARIS GROUP AND PARROT GROUP

Reference (Deposit): ABGMT CLIPPINGS FILE, UNDER POLARIS MINING AND MILLING CO, VICTORY MINING CO

Reference (Deposit): STEVENS, H.J., 1911, THE COPPER HANDBOOK, VOL. X, PAGE 1422, POLARIS MINING AND MILLING CO

Reference (Deposit): BENNETT, K.C., 1975, GEOLOGY AND ORIGIN OF THE BRECCIAS IN THE MORENCI-METCALF DISTRICT, GREENLEE COUNTY, ARIZONA: M.S. THESIS, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, 153P.

Reference (Deposit): BLM DISTRICT SHEET 838

Reference (Deposit): USGS PP 43, P. 363

Reference (Deposit): USBM FILES; AMAX INC.

Reference (Deposit): WEED, W.H., 1916, THE MINES HANDBOOK, VOL. XII, PAGES 933-934, POLARIS MINING AND MILLING CO

Reference (Deposit): MINING REPORTER V. LIII, NO. 16, (APRIL 19, 1906), REVIVAL OF GOLD MINING IN CLIFTON-MORENCI, AZ, DISTRICT


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