The China Basin is a gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,716 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: 6,716 Feet (2,047 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold
Lat, Long: 43.8311, -115.17830
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China Basin MRDS details
Primary: China Basin
Secondary: Sawtooth Primitive Area.
Land ownership: National Forest
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.
Administrative Organization: Boise National Forest
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Unknown
Operation Type: Placer
Mining Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Comment (Deposit): PLACERING WORK ALONG THE RIDGE BETWEEN QUEENS RIVER AND THE MIDDLE FORK BOISE RIVER. PANNED SAMPLES TAKEN IN SECTIONS 29, 20, AND 33. SAMPLES DID NOT CONTAIN DETECTABLE AMOUNTS OF GOLD.
Reference (Deposit): THE SAWTOOTH PRIMITIVE AREA, IDAHO: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Reference (Deposit): Kiilsgaard, T. H., And Others, 1970, Mineral Resources Of The Sawtooth Primitive Area, Idaho: USGS Bulletin 1319-D, 174p., P. D65-D66; PLATE 2, SAMPLES 197, 198, 199,
Reference (Deposit): 200, 202.
Reference (Deposit): KIILSGAARD, T. H., AND OTHERS, 1970, MINERAL RESOURCES OF
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