The Gold Canyon is a gold mine located in Sierra county, California at an elevation of 2,999 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.
Name: Gold Canyon
Elevation: 2,999 Feet (914 Meters)
Lat, Long: 39.44194, -120.80889
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Gold Canyon MRDS details
Primary: Gold Canyon
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Sierra Nevada
Mineral Deposit Model
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Carbonate
Comment (Deposit): VEIN, ORE SHOOT
Comment (Production): INTERMITTENT PRODUCTION SINCE 1860. ABOUT $105/FT. PRODUCTION RATIO.
Comment (Workings): SEVERAL ADITS COVERING 1500 FT. OF MAIN VEIN. 5000 - 6000 FT. DRIFTS, 2000 FT. RAISES & WINZES.
Comment (Geology): MAIN VEIN ENTIRELY WITHIN GABBRO - MAY BE CONTINUATION OF IRELAN FISSURE. REVERSE FAULT ALONG VEIN, SINCE SERPENTINE FORMS HANGING WALL AT E END OF WORKINGS. ALONG STRIKE, VEIN PINCHES OUT AGAINST SERPENTINE, BREAKING INTO IRREGULAR STRINGERS. ADJOINING SERPENTINE IS ALTERED NEAR SURFACE DUE TO OXIDATION OF FE-BEARING CARBONATE. TWO SMALLER VEINS, ONE FOLLOWING SERPENTINE CONTACT. EVIDENCE OF SUCCESSIVE THRUSTS, MORE INTENSE IN SERPENTINE. NEAR SERPENTINE CONTACT VEIN IS CUT BY A NUMBER OF PARALLEL SML FAULTS, W PRINCIPAL MOVEMENT CLEARLY POST MINERAL. EVIDENCE, HOWEVER, THAT FISSURES FORMED PRIOR TO MAIN GOLD PHASE OF MINERALIZATION, SINCE OLDER QTZ. IS CROSSCUT BY ORE VEINS.
Comment (Commodity): MOST PRODUCTION FROM SML ORE SHOOT IN E PART OF MAIN VEIN NEAR SERPENTINE CONTACT. SMALL VEIN 130 FT. S OF MAIN VEIN SAID TO YIELD FINE GOLD IN THE PAN.
Comment (Location): UTM EST. W 1/2
Reference (Deposit): MCCULLOCH, W. C., OESTERLING, W. A., SPURCK, W. H., & TISCHLER, M. S., 1964 , MINERALS FOR INDUSTRY, N CALIF.: SO PACIFIC COMPANY, VOL. 2 , P. 39 .
Reference (Deposit): AVERILL, C. V., 1942 , MINES AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF SIERRA CO.: CDM CALIF. JOUR. MINES AND GEOL., VOL. 38 , NO. 1 , P. 56 .
Reference (Deposit): FERGUSON, H. G., & GANNETT, R. W., 1932 , GOLD QTZ. VEINS OF THE ALLEGHANY DISTRICT, CALIF.: USGS PROF PAPER 172 , P. 134 , 135 , SKETCH MAP, P. 134 .
Reference (Deposit): LOGAN, C. A., 1929 , SIERRA CO.: CDMM 25TH REPORT STATE MINERALOGIST, APRIL, P. 177 .
Reference (Production): FERGUSON & GANNETT, 1932 .
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