Molinar Alaska Mine

The Molinar Alaska Mine is a copper mine located in Greenlee county, Arizona at an elevation of 5,200 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: Molinar Alaska Mine  

State:  Arizona

County:  Greenlee

Elevation: 5,200 Feet (1,585 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 33.135, -109.36472

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Molinar Alaska Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Molinar Alaska Mine
Secondary: Molinar Mine
Secondary: Alaska Mine
Secondary: Stella Mine
Secondary: Stevens Mine
Secondary: Stevens Molinar Mine Stevens Lease
Secondary: Alaska Tunnel


Commodity

Primary: Copper
Secondary: Gold
Secondary: Silver


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: Phelps Dodge Corp., Morenci Branch )
Years: 1921 -

Owner Name: Stevens Jr., Charles E. And Associates
Years: 1970 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1952
Year Last Production: 1967
Discovery Year: 1872
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: IRREGULAR

Form: IRREGULAR


Structure

Type: R
Description: Normal Faulting Confined To Pre-Tertiary Rocks, With Vertical Desplacement Of 2000 Ft

Type: L
Description: Diabase Dike Intrudes Granite And Is Step-Faulted To East; Main Ore Deposits Are Located In Limestones Just Above Quartzite And Just Below Tertiary Basalts


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Minor


Rocks

Name: Basalt
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Mississippian

Name: Basalt
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: ASSAY VALUES RANGED FROM 12 TO 30% CU AND 3% CU IN TAILINGS DUMP


Materials

Ore: Cuprite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Specularite
Ore: Malachite
Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Chrysocolla
Gangue: Magnetite
Gangue: Limonite


Comments

Comment (Development): OPERATORS INCLUDED SHANNON COPPER CO; ARIZONA COPPER CO LTD; STEVENS FAMILY; STEVENS COPPER CO; RILEY AND SERAPIO; JESUS GOMEZ; ROBERT L. NARDELLI; ALASKA CLAIM PATENTED IN 1893

Comment (Location): LOCATED ON RIDGE BETWEEN NORTH FORK OF GARFIELD GULCH AND CHASE CREEK; ALASKA AND MOLINAR CLAIMS ARE AT NORTHERN END OF CLUSTER OF 18 ADITS AND PROSPECTS NEAR MOUTH OF GARFIELD GULCH ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1973)

Comment (Deposit): 2 PATENED CLAIMS: (ALASKA, MOLINAR); DEPOSIT INCLUDES RICH PODS OF SUPERGENE CHALCOCITE ORE

Comment (Workings): UNDERGROUND AND TAILINGS DUMP MINING; DEVELOPMENTS INCLUDED 2 ADITS OF WHICH THE MAIN ADIT IS 1400 FT; 1500 FT OF DRIFT; 1 TUNNEL (ALASKA TUNNEL); 6 RAISES; 1 WINZE TO 60 FT DEPTH

Comment (Geology): FISSURE VEINS IN DIABASE DIKE INTRUSION ARE RELATIVELY NARROW AS COMPARED TO OTHER MINERALIZATIONS IN THE DISTRICT

Comment (Deposit): SEE ALSO: STEVENS GROUP ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT


References

Reference (Deposit): USGS PP 43, P 352-353

Reference (Deposit): BLM DISTRICT SHEET 837

Reference (Deposit): ABGMT-USBM FILE DATA

Reference (Deposit): ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES FILA DATA, UNDER STEVENS MINE

Reference (Deposit): USBM FILES, UNDER STEVENS GROUP

Reference (Deposit): ABGMT CLIPPINGS FILE, UNDER STEVENS BROTHERS GOLD HOLDINGS

Reference (Deposit): BENNETT, 1975, GEOLOGY AND ORIGIN OF THE BRECCIAS IN THE MORENCI-METCALF DISTRICT, GREENLEE CO., AZ: MS THESIS, UNIV OF AZ


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