The Birch Ridge is a silica mine located in Clearwater county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,200 feet.
About the MRDS Data:
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.
Elevation: 5,200 Feet (1,585 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Silica
Lat, Long: 46.8622, -115.13690
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Birch Ridge MRDS details
Primary: Birch Ridge
Secondary: Birch Mountain Quartz Core Peg.
Secondary: Birch Mountain Silica
Secondary: Birch Mtn. Quartz
Land ownership: Private
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.
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Operation Type: Surface
Mining Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Comment (Deposit): SEE U.S. BUR. MINES MINE MAP REPOSITORY (WFOC) REEL M-10, FRAME 198.
Reference (Deposit): U.S. BUREAU OF MINES OPEN-FILE REPORT MLA 3-93, 1993, P. 54;
Reference (Deposit): PLATE 1.
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