Gem Silica Sand Deposit

The Gem Silica Sand Deposit is a silica mine located in Gem county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,799 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.

Mine Info

Name: Gem Silica Sand Deposit  

State:  Idaho

County:  Gem

Elevation: 2,799 Feet (853 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silica

Lat, Long: 43.8358, -116.47500

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Gem Silica Sand Deposit MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Gem Silica Sand Deposit


Primary: Silica
Tertiary: Sand and Gravel, Construction


State: Idaho
County: Gem

Land Status

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.


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Operation Type: Surface-Underground
Mining Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N


General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section

Mineral Deposit Model

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Analytical Data

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Reference (Deposit): WFOC PROPERTY FILE

Reference (Deposit): PROD:>$300,000

Reference (Deposit): 72 PLACER CLAIMS IN SECTIONS 10,15,21,22,28,29,30

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