The Ruth Mountain Pyrite Prospect is a silver and gold mine located in Whatcom county, Washington at an elevation of 5,249 feet.
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Name: Ruth Mountain Pyrite Prospect
Elevation: 5,249 Feet (1,600 Meters)
Commodity: Silver, Gold
Lat, Long: 48.88472, -121.54028
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Ruth Mountain Pyrite Prospect MRDS details
Primary: Ruth Mountain Pyrite Prospect
District: Mount Baker District
Land ownership: National Wilderness
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Administrative Organization: In Mount Baker Wilderness In Mount Baker National Forest
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Northern Cascade Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Polymetallic veins
Description: Shear Zones
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Pyritization, Oxidation, Feldspars Are Altered To Clay Minerals, Sericite, Cryptocrystalic Quartz
Analytical Data: SHEAR ZONES ASSAY FROM $0.28-176.00/TON AU, AVERAGE $2.50/TON
Comment (Location): UNSURVEYED. AT HEADWATERS OF RUTH CREEK, APPROXIMATELY 1/2 MI WEST OF HANNEGAN PASS. LOCATION IS THAT GIVEN BY MOEN; HUNTTING SAYS LOCATION IS APPROXIMATELY IN SEC. 17-20.
Comment (Development): ABANDONED (1949)
Comment (Deposit): MID-TERTIARY ACIDIC VOLCANIC ROCKS OVERLIE QUARTZ DIORITE OF CHILLIWACK BATHOLITH. THERE ARE AT LEAST FOUR PYRITIZED SHEAR ZONES 10-30 FT. WIDE. THE GOLD IS ERRATICALLY DISTRIBUTED.
Comment (Workings): 1 SHORT ADIT
Reference (Deposit): TABOR, R.W., HAUGERUD, R.A., BOOTH, D.B., AND BROWN, E.B., 199X, PRELIMINARY GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE MOUNT BAKER 30 X 60 MINUTE QUADRANGLE, WASHINGTON: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OPEN-FILE REPORT 9X-XXX, SCALE 1:100,000 (IN PREPARATION IN 1993).
Reference (Deposit): MOEN, W.S., 1969, MINES AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 57, P. 75, 91.
Reference (Deposit): HUNTTING, M.T., 1956, INVENTORY OF WASHINGTON MINERALS - PART II, METALLIC MINERALS: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 37, V. 1, P. 204-205.
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