Wawa Claims

The Wawa Claims is a thorium mine located in Boundary county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,999 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: Wawa Claims  

State:  Idaho

County:  Boundary

Elevation: 2,999 Feet (914 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Thorium

Lat, Long: 48.9853, -116.41920

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Wawa Claims MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Wawa Claims
Secondary: Northwest Prospecting and Development
Secondary: Atomic Fuels Corp.
Secondary: Hall Mountain


Primary: Thorium
Tertiary: REE


State: Idaho
County: Boundary
District: Moyie Yaak District

Land Status

Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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.


Type: Located Claim


Not available


Owner Name: Atomic Fuels, Inc.
Percent: 100.0
Home Office: Washington
Info Year: 1976


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Cabinet Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Alteration Type: L
Alteration: BLEACHING

Alteration Type: L
Alteration: SLIGHT


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

Name: Quartzite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Analytical Data



Ore: Thorite
Gangue: Pyrite
Unknown: Biotite
Unknown: Calcite
Unknown: Chlorite
Unknown: Magnetite
Unknown: Quartz


Comment (Location): Original coordinates for line#1 were: lat/long NAD27 48-59-11N 116-25-1W (48.98639 -116.41694); UTM N5425900 E542650 Z11N; PLSS line# 1: Meridian- Boise, TWNSHP 065N, RNG 001W, Sect 13, Sect_fract .

Comment (Commodity): 10/76 Staatz (1972) Published Analyses Of 2 Samples From This Location Averaging About 5.5% Thorium Across A Vein Thicknes About 1.6 Feet. He Also Reported A Vein Length Of 400 Feet.

Comment (Commodity): The Rock Is Intensely Radioactive But Such Minerals Were Not Recognized

Comment (Location): Uphill From Diorite Sill Of Golden Sceptre Claims; Location Approximate


Reference (Deposit): Weis, P. L., And Others, 1958 , Reconnaissance For Radioactive Minerals, In Washington, Idaho, And Western Montana 1952 - 1955 : USGS Bulletin 1074 - B, 48 P.

Reference (Deposit): Staatz, M. H., And Others, 1974 , Distribution And Occurrence Of Rare Earths In The Thorium Veins Of Hall Mountain, Idaho: USGS Jour. Research, V. 2 , No. 6 , P. 677 - 683

Reference (Deposit): 1958 Recon P. L. Weis And Others, Bulletin 1074 - B

Reference (Deposit): 1974 Recon M. H. Staatz And Others, Jour. Research, V. 2 , No. 6

Reference (Deposit): Ross & George 1966 USBM Res Rept 62.1 - USBM Met Res Cntr Sl

Reference (Deposit): Staatz 1972 Econ Geol, V 67, P 240-248

Reference (Deposit): Newton And Others 1960 Id Bur Mines & Geol Pamph 122, P 19-2

Reference (Deposit): Nininger & Bowie 1976 Confer On World Nuc Energy Wash Dc 2

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