The Wells Creek Gossan is a silver and copper mine located in Whatcom county, Washington at an elevation of 2,251 feet.
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Name: Wells Creek Gossan
Elevation: 2,251 Feet (686 Meters)
Commodity: Silver, Copper
Lat, Long: 48.895, -121.79528
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Wells Creek Gossan MRDS details
Primary: Wells Creek Gossan
Secondary: Great Excelsior
District: Mount Baker District
Land ownership: National Forest
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Administrative Organization: In Mount Baker National Forest
Owner Name: Glacier Mining Co, Seattle
Years: 1967 -
Owner Name: Steelhead Gold
Years: 1988 -
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1964
Discovery Method: Geophysical Anomaly
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: West Plunging Syncline Superimposed On Regional North-Trending Anticline
Description: Strong Shears
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Andesite Is Silicified, Sericitized
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Middle Jurassic
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Middle Jurassic
Analytical Data: ASSAYS SHOW 0.20 OZ/TON AG, NO GOLD, AS MUCH AS 0.40% CU. AVERAGE PYRITE CONTENT IS <3%, MAY BE AS HIGH AS 10%. SEVERAL IRON-OXIDE STAINED ZONES CONTAIN UP TO 700 PPM CU.
Comment (Location): UNSURVEYED. APPROXIMATELY 1 MI SOUTHEAST OF CONFLUENCE OF WELLS CREEK AND NOOKSACK RIVER
Comment (Development): IN 1964, AN AEROMAGNETIC ANOMALY WAS DETECTED, WHICH INDICATED A COPPER DEPOSIT AT 700 TO 900 FT DEPTH. IN 1966, A GEOCHEMICAL SURVEY OF THE AREA FOUND AS MUCH AS 700 PPM CU IN SOIL NEAR SOUTH END OF CLAIMS.
Comment (Deposit): THE CU ANOMALY IS IN STRONGLY SHEARED AND ALTERED ANDESITE. SHEAR ZONE STRIKES N ON THE NORTH END OF THE CLAIMS AND N 45 E ON THE SOUTH END. WITHIN THE SHEAR ZONE, SILICIFIED AND SERICITIZED ANDESITE CONTAINS FINE-GRAINED DISSEMINATED PYRITE.
Comment (Geology): HOST ROCKS ARE OVERLAIN BY PLEISTOCENE ANDESITE OF MOUNT BAKER.
Comment (Deposit): 19 CLAIMS ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Comment (Deposit): SEE ALSO MRDS RECORD M700046
Reference (Deposit): MOEN, W.S., 1969, MINES AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 57, P. 95.
Reference (Deposit): DERKEY, R.E., JOSEPH, N.L., AND LASMANIS, RAYMOND, 1990, METAL MINES OF WASHINGTON - PRELIMINARY REPORT: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF GEOLOGY AND EARTH RESOURCES OPEN-FILE REPORT 90-18, P. 557.
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): HUNTTING, M.T., 1956, INVENTORY OF WASHINGTON MINERALS - PART II, METALLIC MINERALS: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 37, P. 75, 95.
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