The Oxford Mine is a chromium mine located in Sierra county, California at an elevation of 4,521 feet.
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Name: Oxford Mine
Elevation: 4,521 Feet (1,378 Meters)
Lat, Long: 39.58167, -120.84083
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Oxford Mine MRDS details
Primary: Oxford Mine
Secondary: Oxford Lease and Mill
Secondary: Gold Bluff
Secondary: Mt. Holly
Secondary: Case and Myers
Secondary: Good Hope
Secondary: Good Hope Extension No. 2
District: Downieville Area
Land ownership: National Forest
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Owner Name: C. L. Best
Years: 1944 -
Material type: ORE
Description: Ap_Grade: ^1940'S Avg. Ore Grade 40.05% Cr2o3
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1917
Year Last Production: 1944
Discovery Year: 1915
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Sierra Nevada
Mineral Deposit Model
Description: Melones Fault Zone
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Partial Serpentinization Of Host Rocks.
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Permian
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Analytical Data: LUMP ORE: 38.59% CR2O3, CR TO FE RATIO 2.30 TO 1.
Comment (Development): IN 1943, SEVERAL HUNDRED FEET OF DIAMOND DRILLING WAS COMPLETED.
Comment (Deposit): Discovery Year: 1910'S
Comment (Commodity): AN UNUSUAL OCCURRENCE OF HIGH GRADE ORE CONTAINING 58% CR2O3 FOUND BETWEEN THE EAST AND WEST ORE ZONES.
Comment (Location): MINE LOCATED ON SE FACING SLOPE.
Comment (Reserve-Resource): STINSON, 1975
Comment (Geology): THE DEPOSIT OCCURS IN NW TRENDING SILL LIKE PERIDOTITE BODY THAT IS A MINOR, SOUTHERN EXTENSION OF A LARGER MASS EXPOSED TO THE NORTH OF THE DEPOSIT.
Comment (Workings): WORKINGS CONSISTED OF SEVERAL OPEN PITS, SHALLOW CUTS, SHAFTS AND SHORT DRIFTS.
Comment (Deposit): CHROMITE DEPOSITS OCCUR IN THREE ZONES: EAST ORE ZONE STRIKES N 45-55 E AND DIPS 60-80N; WEST ORE ZONE STRIKES N20-30W AND DIPS 45 SW; THIRD ORE ZONE STRIKES E-W AND DIPS 60-70 N.
Reference (Deposit): STINSON, 1975, CDMG MINERAL PROPERTY REPORT, UNPUBLISHED
Reference (Deposit): AVERILL, C. V., 1942, CDMG, MINES AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF SIERRA CO., VOL. 38, NO. 1, PP. 16.
Reference (Deposit): RYNEARSON, G. A., 1953, CDMG, BULL 134, PART 3, CHAPT. 5, PP. 254-257.
Reference (Production): RYNEARSON, 1953, CDMG BULL 134, PART 3, CHAPT. 5, P. 257
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