Bell Cross Prospects

The Bell Cross Prospects is a mercury mine located in Custer county, Idaho at an elevation of 7,402 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: Bell Cross Prospects  

State:  Idaho

County:  Custer

Elevation: 7,402 Feet (2,256 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Mercury

Lat, Long: 44.29722, -114.91722

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Bell Cross Prospects MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Bell Cross Prospects


Commodity

Primary: Mercury
Tertiary: Uranium


Location

State: Idaho
County: Custer
District: Stanley District


Land Status

Land ownership: National Forest
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: Challis National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Surface/Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Bell Cross Corp.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Prospect
Operation Type: Surface
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Salmon River Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: LINEAR


Structure

Type: R
Description: Idaho Batholith

Type: L
Description: Fracture Sets


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: CHIP SAMPLE CONTAINED 0.60% U3O8


Materials

Ore: Uraninite
Ore: Cinnabar
Gangue: Chalcedony


Comments

Comment (Workings): THE PIT IS NOW 45 FT DEEP, NO INCREASE IN MINERALIZATION HAS BEEN FOUND WITH DEPTH


References

Reference (Deposit): 1962 GEOLMAP IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 126

Reference (Deposit): 1974 RECON TSCHANZ, C. M., AND OTHERS, OPEN - FILE REPT.

Reference (Deposit): KERN, B. F., 1959, GEOLOGY OF THE URANIUM DEPOSITS NEAR STANLEY, CUSTER COUNTY: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 117, 40 P.

Reference (Deposit): 1959 RECON IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 117

Reference (Deposit): CHOATE, RAOUL, 1962, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE STANLEY AREA, IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 126, P. 58

Reference (Deposit): TSCHANZ, C.M., AND OTHERS, 1974 , MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE EASTERN PART OF THE SAWTOOTH RECREATION AREA, CUSTER AND BLAINE COUNTIES, IDAHO: USGS OPEN-FILE REPT., 648 P.

Reference (Deposit): U.S. BUREAU OF MINES OPEN-FILE REPORT MLA 6-91, 1991, TABLE A-3, NO. 361, P. 188.


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