Steel Smith Mica Mine

The Steel Smith Mica Mine is a mica mine located in Latah county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,058 feet.

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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: Steel Smith Mica Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Latah

Elevation: 4,058 Feet (1,237 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Mica

Lat, Long: 46.8753, -116.57030

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Steel Smith Mica Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Steel Smith Mica Mine
Secondary: Levi Anderson


Commodity

Primary: Mica
Secondary: Beryllium


Location

State: Idaho
County: Latah
District: Avon Mica 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: Clearwater National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Surface/Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: E. Ramsdale
Years: 1968 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1910
Discovery Year: 1895
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: Clearwater Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: PIPE-LIKE, LENTICULAR

Form: PIPE-LIKE, LENTICULAR


Structure

Type: R
Description: Steeply Dipping W Limb Of Anticline Of Great Width

Type: L
Description: Minor Folds Or Rolls In Lens Contacts; Schistosity Strikes N 30 Deg E, Dips 85 Deg Nw


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Albitization, Silicification, Muscovitization


Rocks

Name: Pegmatite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Pegmatite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Pegmatite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Pegmatite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 1.3 TO 1.8 % BOOK MICA, 0.9 TO 1.25 LBS SHEET MICA/TON OF PEGMATITE


Materials

Ore: Beryl
Ore: Muscovite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Biotite


Comments

Comment (Deposit): SECOND PEGMATITE 15 FT THICK PLUNGES 42 TO 60 DEG SSW FOLLOWING PLUNGE OF COMPLEX FOLD. GLEASON PEGMATITE STRIKES N 3 DEG W, DIPS 65 TO 75 DEG W, IS 120 FT LONG, 8 FT WIDE. TONOPAH S CUT PEGMATITE 63 FT LONG, 7 FT THICK, STRIKES N 50 DEG W, DIPS 83 DEG SW.

Comment (Geology): WALL ZONE MICA DEPOSIT

Comment (Location): 3200 FT S OF MUSCOVITE MINE ON TOP AND SIDES OF STEEP FLAT-TOPPED KNOLL


References

Reference (Deposit): HUBBARD, C. R., 1957, MINERAL RESOURCES OF LATAH COUNTY: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY COUNTY REPT. 2, 29 P.

Reference (Deposit): ANDERSON, A. L., 1925, MICA DEPOSITS OF LATAH COUNTY, IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 14, 14 P.

Reference (Deposit): PATTEE, E. C., AND OTHERS, 1968, BERYLLIUM RESOURCES OF IDAHO, WASHINGTON, MONTANA, AND OREGON: US BUR MINES REPT. INV. 7148, P. 25, 39.

Reference (Deposit): 5) REED, G. C., 1946 EXPLORATION OF THE AVON MICA DISTRICT, LATAH COUNTY, IDAHO: US BUR MINES REPT. INV. 3898, P. 16-17.

Reference (Deposit): 1925 RECON IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 14

Reference (Deposit): 1943 DIREXPL US BUR MINES, REPT. INV. 3898

Reference (Deposit): 1943 RECON W. C. STOLL, PROF. PAPER 229

Reference (Deposit): 1957 OTHER IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY CO. REPT. 2

Reference (Production): HUBBARD, C. R., 1957, IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY CO. REPT. 2. { STOLL, W. C., 1950, USGS PROF. PAPER 229, 64 P. { PATTEE, E. C., AND OTHERS, 1968, US BUR MINES REPT. INV. 7148, P. 25.

Reference (Deposit): STOLL, W. C., 1950, MICA AND BERYL PEGMATITES IN IDAHO AND MONTANA: USGS PROF. PAPER 229, 64 P.


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