The Basin Creek Mine is a gold mine located in Lewis and Clark county, Montana at an elevation of 7,441 feet.
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Elevation: 7,441 Feet (2,268 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold
Lat, Long: 46.4217, -112.29580
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Basin Creek Mine MRDS details
Primary: Basin Creek Mine
Secondary: Paupers Dream
Secondary: Paupers Dream Project
County: Lewis and Clark
Land ownership: Mixed
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Owner Name: Basin Creek Mining
Home Office: Montana
Info Year: 1996
Owner Name: Pegasus Gold Inc.
Home Office: Montana
Info Year: 1991
Years: 1989 -
Description: Gold Production 700 Troy Ounces Gold
Description: Shut Down On Care & Maintenance
Description: Au 26500 Oz
Description: Au 26000 Oz
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Plant
Deposit Type: Hot-Spring Au-Ag
Plant Type: Leach
Operation Type: Surface
Mining Method: Open Pit
Milling Method: Hydrometallurgy Unspecified
Year First Production: 1902
Discovery Year: 1865
Years of Production:
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Hot-spring Au-Ag
Structure: Boulder Batholith
Alteration Type: L
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Tertiary
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Tertiary
Analytical Data: 0.1 OZ/TON A
Comment (Deposit): THE PRESENCE OF ABUNDANT AU IS A FUNCTION OF THE ORIGINAL AU CONTENT AND DEGREE OF SECONDARY ENRICHMENT. PRIMARY AU ASSOCIATED WITH PYRITE AND ARSENOPYRITE WAS DISSEMINATED IN THE CLOSELY JOINTED, LAMINATED FLOW ROCKS. WHERE THE SULFIDE MINERALS HAVE BEEN OXIDIZED BY WEATHERING THE AU IS FREE.
Comment (Workings): AN OPEN PIT ABOUT 50 FT WIDE, 200 FT LONG, AND 20-30 FT DEEP, AN ADIT THAT EXTENDS UNDER THE PIT FROM A POINT ABOUT 350 FT FARTHER N, AND A NUMBER OF SHALLOW PITS AND SHAFTS.
Comment (Deposit): Merged data from Deposit ID 10015857 (Paupers Dream Mine)
Comment (Location): Political location in record is Lewis and Clark county. However, lat/long falls just inside adjacent Jefferson county. Due to the inclusion of Paupers Dream mine in this record and the extensive workings visible in both counties, Jefferson county was added to the record and promoted to first place.
Comment (Deposit): AS OF 1996, THE MINE IS IN RECLAMATION AND FINAL CLOSURE IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR IN 1998. HEAP LEACHING OPERATION. EXPECTED START OF PROD. IN 3RD QTR.1988 ANNUAL AU OUTPUT LEVEL EXPECTED TO BE 34,000 OZ. 1988 RESERVE= 1,202,627 CONT. OZ. MINE SHUT DOWN IN 1991 (CARE AND MAINT).
Comment (Names): AKA PAUPERS DREAM
Reference (Deposit): RANDOL GOLD DIRECTORY, 1988.
Reference (Deposit): U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BULLETIN 1151, P. 115-116.
Reference (Deposit): U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BULLETIN 842, 1933, P. 260.
Reference (Reserve-Resource): PEGASUS GOLD INC. FORM 10-K 1994. PP6,21.
Reference (Reserve-Resource): PEGASUS GOLD INC. 1994 ANNUAL REPORT. P11.
Reference (Production): PEGASUS GOLD INC. FORM 10-K 1995, P.7.
Reference (Deposit): MONT. BUR MINES, BULL 130, 1992.
Reference (Deposit): MONT. BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOL. BULLETIN 129, 1991,
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