The Elkhorn is a silver, gold, lead, and copper mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 6,499 feet.
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Elevation: 6,499 Feet (1,981 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Silver, Gold, Lead, Copper
Lat, Long: 46.28333, -111.95000
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Elkhorn MRDS details
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1875
Discovery Year: 1875
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral Not In Place
Years of Production:
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Description: Boulder Batholith
Description: Extensive Folding Axis N-S With Prevailing Eastward Dip.
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Analytical Data: 10-25 OZ/TON AG, 34-64% PB.
Comment (Production): TOTAL = $14,000,000 - $1,500,000 AU
Comment (Deposit): IN ELKHORN MINE THERE IS A COMPLETE ABSENCE OF METASOMATIC GANGUE MINERALS.
Comment (Deposit): BIGGEST MINES: PLACK BESS, CARDIFF, EMMA LOOK FOR FAULT PATTERNS ON IMAGERY; NS, EW, ENE.
Comment (Development): MINES: ELKHORN, GOLDEN CURRY, QUEEN
Comment (Workings): ELKHORN MINE IS A SADDLE-REEF TYPE OF ORE BODY.
Comment (Geology): INBEDDED IN THE ANDESITE ARE MARBLE BLOCKS (PERHAPS FROM THE MADISON LIMESTONE OR INTERSTRATIFIED LENSES OF LIMESTONE)
Reference (Deposit): WEED, W.H., 1901, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE ELKHORN MINING DISTRICT, JEFFERSON CO., MONTANA, 22 ANN. REPT. USGS P. 399-549
Reference (Deposit): KNOPF, A., 1913, ORE DEPOSITS OF THE HELENA MINING REGION, MONTANA USGS BULL. 527. P. 128-139.
Reference (Deposit): PARDEE, J. T. AND F. C. SCHRADER, 1933, METALLIFEROUS DEPOSITS OF THE GREATER HELENA MINING REGION, USGS BULL. 842 P. 299-303.
Reference (Deposit): 1901 GEOLMAP WEED, W.H., COMPLEX GEOLOGIC INVESTIGATION
Reference (Deposit): 1913 COMPILE KNOPF, A.
Reference (Deposit): 1933 COMPILE PARDEE & SCHRADER
Reference (Production): PARDEE & SCHRADER
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