Ribbon

The Ribbon is a chromium mine located in Whatcom county, Washington at an elevation of 3,875 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: Ribbon  

State:  Washington

County:  Whatcom

Elevation: 3,875 Feet (1,181 Meters)

Commodity: Chromium

Lat, Long: 48.71556, -121.95444

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Ribbon MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Ribbon
Secondary: Washington Chrome


Commodity

Primary: Chromium


Location

State: Washington
County: Whatcom
District: Sisters District


Land Status

Land ownership: National Wilderness
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.
Administrative Organization: In Mount Baker Wilderness In Mount Baker National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Washington Chrome Co.,
Home Office: Seattle
Years: 1934 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Northern Cascade Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Podiform chromite (minor)


Orebody

Form: LENSES AND PODS


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Dunite Is Serpentinized


Rocks

Name: Dunite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Early Cretaceous

Name: Dunite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Early Cretaceous


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: ORE SHIPMENT RAN 51.2% CR2O3, CR:FE=3.06:1


Materials

Ore: Chromite
Gangue: Tourmaline
Gangue: Prehnite
Gangue: Staurolite
Gangue: Anthophyllite
Gangue: Pyroxene
Gangue: Serpentine
Gangue: Magnetite
Gangue: Olivine
Gangue: Clinochlore


Comments

Comment (Deposit): MINERALIZATION OF PODS AND LENSES LACKS CONTINUITY. DIMENSIONS GIVEN ARE FOR ONE LENS

Comment (Deposit): SEE ALSO MRDS RECORD M700107

Comment (Workings): OPEN CUT

Comment (Geology): TWIN SISTERS DUNITE IS LARGEST ULTRAMAFIC BODY IN NORTHWESTERN CASCADES

Comment (Location): ON NORTHWEST VALLEY WALL OF GREEN CREEK


References

Reference (Deposit): DERKEY, R.E., JOSEPH, N.L., AND LASMANIS, RAYMOND, 1990, METAL MINES OF WASHINGTON - PRELIMINARY REPORT: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF GEOLOGY AND EARTH RESOURCES OPEN-FILE REPORT 90-18, P. 566.

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. 42.

Reference (Production): HUNTTING, 1956


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