Rocket Prospect

The Rocket Prospect is a tungsten and copper mine located in Valley county, Idaho at an elevation of 7,799 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: Rocket Prospect  

State:  Idaho

County:  Valley

Elevation: 7,799 Feet (2,377 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Tungsten, Copper

Lat, Long: 45.1722, -115.36420

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Rocket Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Rocket Prospect
Secondary: White Bluff


Commodity

Primary: Tungsten
Primary: Copper


Location

State: Idaho
County: Valley
District: Edwardsburg 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: Payette National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Wiles, Wilbur


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1953
Discovery Method: Unknown
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: STRINGERS


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Tremolite - Actinolite, Muscovite, Garnet


Rocks

Name: Slate
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Slate
Role: Host
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: SAMPLES ASSAYED 0.02, 0.08, AND 0.5% SCHEELITE


Materials

Ore: Covellite
Ore: Malachite
Ore: Scheelite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Pyrrhotite
Gangue: Hematite
Gangue: Sericite
Gangue: Calcite


Comments

Comment (Geology): HOST ROCK STRIKES N 30 - 50 DEG W AND DIPS 60 - 75 DEG NE; KIRKPATRICK (1974) IS UNSURE OF AGE OF QUARTZ - FELDSPAR GNEISS, BUT BELIEVES IT TO BE BETWEEN PRECAMBRIAN AND CRETACEOUS; PRIOR AUTHORS LABELED THIS ROCK AS CRET. GRANITIC ROCK OF IDAHO BATHOLITH

Comment (Location): 1 MI SW FROM JUNCTION OF SMITH CREEK AND WERDENHOFF MINE ROADS

Comment (Commodity): SCHEELITE OCCURS MAINLY AS FLOAT

Comment (Development): 6 LODE CLAIMS ; ECON.COM: SCHEELITE DEPOSITS TOO SMALL TO MAKE PROSPECT COMMERCIAL


References

Reference (Deposit): CATER, F. W., AND OTHERS, 1973, MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE IDAHO PRIMITIVE AREA AND VICINITY, IDAHO: USGS BULL. 1304, 431 P.

Reference (Deposit): KIRKPATRICK, G. E., 1974, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE BIG CREEK AREA, VALLEY AND IDAHO COUNTIES, IDAHO: MOSCOW, IDAHO, UNIV. OF IDAHO, M. S. THESIS, P. 39 - 40

Reference (Deposit): 1973 RECON F. W. CATER AND OTHERS, BULL. 130


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