Nye Molybdenum Mine

The Nye Molybdenum Mine is a molybdenum mine located in Gilpin county, Colorado at an elevation of 10,312 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: Nye Molybdenum Mine  

State:  Colorado

County:  Gilpin

Elevation: 10,312 Feet (3,143 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Molybdenum

Lat, Long: 39.86861, -105.54778

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Nye Molybdenum Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Nye Molybdenum Mine
Secondary: Wilma Mine and claims
Secondary: Nye Mathews Mining Co., Inc.
Secondary: Gray Eagle claim(?)
Secondary: Nye Metals, Inc.


Commodity

Primary: Molybdenum


Location

State: Colorado
County: Gilpin
District: North Gilpin (Apex)


Land Status

Not available


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Not available


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Southern Rocky Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Monzonite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Tertiary

Name: Gneiss
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Molybdenite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Quartz


Comments

Comment (Geology): Molybdenite occurs in quartz-pyrite veins and silicified shear zones in quartz monzonite porphyry at the Nye mine; moly content may range up to several percent in some parts of the veins.

Comment (Location): The property is in northern Gilpin County, about 1 mile ENE of Apex, on Dakota Hill, secs. 15-16, 22, T 2 S, R 73 W.

Comment (Production): Nye Metals, Inc., contracted with the Office of Mineral Exploration (OME) and received funds to exploration for moly in 1962; a few thousand tons production of high-grade molybdenum ore was reported in 1964-65 from the Wilma (Nye) mine.

Comment (Deposit): THIS RECORD DUPLICATED MRDS # DC03801, DC05686, AND D000432. THE RECORDS WERE COMBINED AND WERE DELETED.


References

Reference (Deposit): Worcester, P. G., 1919, Molybdenum deposits of Colorado: Colorado Geological Survey Bulletin 14, 131 p.

Reference (Deposit): U.S. Geological Survey, 1964, Mineral and water resources of Colorado: U.S. Congress, 88th, 2nd Session, Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, committee print, 302 p.

Reference (Deposit): DMEA RECORDS; DMEA 4490, OME 6231

Reference (Production): U.S. Bureau of Mines, various years, The mineral industry of Colorado: U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Yearbook.

Reference (Deposit): SIMS, PK; USGS MAP GQ267