Virginia L. Claims

The Virginia L. Claims is a mercury mine located in Washington county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,402 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: Virginia L. Claims  

State:  Idaho

County:  Washington

Elevation: 2,402 Feet (732 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Mercury

Lat, Long: 44.5964, -117.11810

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Virginia L. Claims MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Virginia L. Claims
Secondary: Lackey Mine
Secondary: Virginia L. Mercury Mine


Commodity

Primary: Mercury


Location

State: Idaho
County: Washington
District: Weiser


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.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Not available


Production

Year: 1944
Time Period: 1917-1944
Material type: HG
Description: Cp_Grade: ^1.5 Lb/Ton


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Year: 1941
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: IRREGULAR


Structure

Type: R
Description: Broad - Crested Anticline

Type: L
Description: Local Structural Depression, Partly The Result Of Faulting.


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

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

Name: Basalt
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Triassic

Name: Basalt
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Miocene

Name: Basalt
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Miocene


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Cinnabar
Gangue: Opal


Comments

Comment (Location): NEAR THE SNAKE RIVER

Comment (Development): SHORT EXPLORATIVE ADIT WAS DRIVEN IN 1941 ; ECON.COM: TOO LOW - GRADE AND SPARSE TO BE MINED PROFITABLY

Comment (Deposit): ZONE OF MINERALIZATION CONTAINS NARROW VEINLETS OF CINNABAR.

Comment (Workings): ONE SHORT ADIT. LAST OPERATED 1944.

Comment (Geology): IN A SMALL LANDSLIDE MASS


References

Reference (Deposit): BAILEY E. H., 1964 , MINERAL RESOURCES - MERCURY, IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY SPEC. REPT. NO. 1 , P. 119 - 123

Reference (Deposit): ROSS, C. P., 1956 , QUICKSILVER DEPOSITS NEAR WEISER, WASHINGTON COUNTY, IDAHO: USGS BULL. 1042-D, P. 79 - 104 .

Reference (Deposit): 1964 COMPILE IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY SPEC. REPT

Reference (Production): USBM DATA

Reference (Deposit): BAILEY, E.H., USGS, PERSONAL FILES.


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