Shi Shi Beach Placer

The Shi Shi Beach Placer is a gold mine located in Clallam county, Washington.

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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: Shi Shi Beach Placer  

State:  Washington

County:  Clallam

Elevation:

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 48.25528, -124.68361

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Shi Shi Beach Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Shi Shi Beach Placer
Secondary: Lovelace


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Secondary: Platinum
Tertiary: Osmium
Tertiary: Zirconium
Tertiary: Titanium, Metal
Tertiary: Iron
Tertiary: Iridium


Location

State: Washington
County: Clallam
District: Cape Flattery Area


Land Status

Land ownership: National Park
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

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: W. W. Lovelace
Years: 1908 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Beach Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1905
Year Last Production: 1904
Discovery Year: 1894
Discovery Method: Other
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Pacific Border Province
Physiographic Detail: Pacific Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Placer Au-PGE


Orebody

Form: LINEAR STRATABOUND LAYER


Structure

Type: L
Description: Uplifted Beach Terrace


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Sand and Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: AU=$558.09/TON (27 OZ/TON, 925 PPM), PT=$613.50/TON (20.45 OZ/TON, 700 PPM) IN CONCENTRATE. COMPOSITION OF BLACK SANDS AT SHI SHI (IN LB/TON): MAGNETITE 40, ILMENITE 1120, GARNET (PINK) 424, MONAZITE TRACE, ZIRCON 96, UNCLASSIFIED 120. PT:AU=1:5 TO 1:15


Materials

Ore: Monazite
Ore: Garnet
Ore: Zircon
Ore: Iridosmine
Ore: Ilmenite
Ore: Magnetite
Ore: Platinum


Comments

Comment (Commodity): GRAINS OF PT ONLY ABOUT 1/4 AS LARGE AS THOSE OF GOLD; ABOUT 10% OF PT GRAINS WERE FERROMAGNETIC.

Comment (Location): IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK. NEAR MOUTH OF PETROLEUM CREEK. LOCATION GIVEN IS MOUTH OF PETROLEUM CREEK

Comment (Production): OZETTE AND SHI SHI PLACERS COMBINED PRODUCED $15,000 PRIOR TO 1904

Comment (Deposit): BEACH DEPOSIT IN WHICH A THIN LAYER OF FINE HEAVY SAND RESTS ON A WAVE-CUT TERRACE IN SANDSTONE OVERLAIN BY 1-3 FT OF GRAVEL AND SAND. AU AND PT ARE FOUND IN THIN LAYER AND IN JOINTS AND FRACTURES IN BEDROCK.

Comment (Geology): PLACER MATERIAL IS OF GLACIAL ORIGIN. IT RESTS ON A WAVE CUT TERRACE


References

Reference (Deposit): DAY, D.T., AND RICHARDS, R.H., 1906, USEFUL MINERALS IN THE BLACK SANDS OF THE PACIFIC SLOPE: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE UNITED STATES, CALENDAR YEAR 1905, P. 1218-1219.

Reference (Deposit): HUNTTING, M.T., 1955, GOLD IN WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 42, P. 117.

Reference (Deposit): PARDEE, J.T., 1929, PLATINUM AND BLACK SAND IN WASHINGTON, IN CONTRIBUTIONS TO ECONOMIC GEOLOGY 1928: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BULLETIN 805, P. 2-5.

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. 28.


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