Black Nugget Mine

The Black Nugget Mine is a manganese mine located in Maricopa county, Arizona at an elevation of 2,080 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: Black Nugget Mine  

State:  Arizona

County:  Maricopa

Elevation: 2,080 Feet (634 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Manganese

Lat, Long: 33.76333, -113.22500

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Black Nugget Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Black Nugget Mine
Secondary: U. S. Group


Commodity

Primary: Manganese


Location

State: Arizona
County: Maricopa
District: Aguila 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.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Surface/Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: R. V. Waughtel
Years: 1952 -


Production

Year: 1924
Material type: ORE MN
Description: Ap_Grade: ^48.6 Percent Mn
Year: 1918
Material type: ORE MN
Description: Ap_Grade: ^39 Percent Mn


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1939
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Basin And Range Province
Physiographic Section: Sonoran Desert


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Type: L
Description: Offset Into 2 Or More Segments By Crossfaulting


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Andesite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pliocene


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: ORE LOW IN FE OXIDES


Materials

Ore: Psilomelane
Ore: Pyrolusite
Ore: Manganite
Gangue: Calcite


Comments

Comment (Location): 15 MILES SW OF AGUILA, NEAR TIGER WASH. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1978)

Comment (Production): MAY HAVE PRODUCED A SMALL AMOUNT IN WWII

Comment (Development): 2 UNPATENTED CLAIMS OPERATORS INCLUDE: M. S. PONTON, J. M. WEBB (1943),WM. M. EBNER (1918), WOODS, HUDDART, AND GUNN (1918). PROPERTY INCLUDES 7 CLAIMS.

Comment (Deposit): BEST ORE IN UPPER 60 FT OF VEIN . CLAIM 1 HAS 1 VEIN 3 TO 8 FEET WIDE, STRIKE N30W, DIP 45 SW. CLAIM 2 HAS 2 VEINS 100 FT APART AND PARALLEL, STRIKE N TO S, DIP EAST VEIN 80W, WEST VEIN 80E.

Comment (Workings): CLAIM 1 WORKINGS: SURFACE STOPES AND OPEN CUTS 10 FT TO 12 FT DEEP FOR 700 FT, 1 SHAFT 50 FT DEEP. CLAIM 2 WORKINGS: 2 VEINS WORKED, EAST VEIN: OPEN CUT DEVELOPED BY TUNNEL FOR 150 FT, ABOVE THIS, ANOTHER OPEN CUT DEVELOPED BY TUNNEL FOR 80 FT. ONE SHAFT 12 FT DEEP. WEST VEIN: EXPLORED ONLY BY TEST PITS.

Comment (Geology): MN BEARING FISSURES CAN BE FOUND AT LEAST 2 MILES S OF THE BLACK NUGGET MINE. IRREGULAR AREAS WITH A NETWORK OF NARROW FRACTURES FILLED WITH MN OXIDES OCCURRED IN THE BRECCIATED ANDESITE SURROUNDING THE TWO WEST VEINS.


References

Reference (Deposit): USBM-FILE DATA-CLUSTER NUMBER 480-BLACK NUGGET MINE

Reference (Deposit): ARIZONA B.M. BULL. 127, P.67

Reference (Deposit): U.S.G.S. BULL. 710 P.140

Reference (Deposit): FARNHAM, L.L., AND STEWART, L.A, 1958, MN DEPOSITS OF WESTERN ARIZONA, U.S.B.M. INFO. CIRC. 7843.

Reference (Production): FARNHAM AND STEWART, 1958


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