North Star Lake Occurrence

The North Star Lake Occurrence is a beryllium mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 8,399 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: North Star Lake Occurrence  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 8,399 Feet (2,560 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Beryllium

Lat, Long: 43.6136, -115.50190

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North Star Lake Occurrence MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: North Star Lake Occurrence


Primary: Beryllium


State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Prairie Area

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: Boise National Forest


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


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

Mineral Deposit Model

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Analytical Data

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Ore: Aquamarine
Gangue: Mica
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Location): Glaciated Ridge Between Headwaters Of Smith And Sheep Creeks; Location Approximate

Comment (Development): Econ.Com: Very Sparse Mineralization

Comment (Deposit): Description Above For Largest Mass Of Aquamarine

Comment (Geology): Texture And Composition Of Leucogranitic Rock Is Similar To That Of Sawtooth Batholith


Reference (Deposit): Pattee, E. C., And Others, 1968 , Beryllium Resources Of Idaho, Washington, Montana, And Oregon: USBM Rept. Inv. 7148 , 169 P

Reference (Deposit): U.S. Bureau Of Mines Open-File Report MLA 10-91, 1991, P. 74.

Reference (Deposit): 1968 Recon USBM Rept. Inv. 714

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