Bida Mine

The Bida Mine is a gold mine located in White Pine county, Nevada at an elevation of 6,972 feet.

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Mine Info

Name: Bida Mine  

State:  Nevada

County:  White Pine

Elevation: 6,972 Feet (2,125 Meters)

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 39.9168, -115.49480

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Bida Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Bida Mine
Secondary: Part of Horseshoe/Galaxy Mine
Secondary: East Bida pit
Secondary: part of Mooney Basin Mine Area


Primary: Gold


State: Nevada
County: White Pine
District: Bald Mountain District

Land Status

Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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: Ely BLM district


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Owner Name: Barrick Gold Corp.
Info Year: 2006


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Deposit Type: sediment-hosted gold
Operation Type: Surface
Years of Production:
Significant: Y
Deposit Size: S


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Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Sediment-hosted Au


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Type: R
Description: The Bald Mountain district is located in an area of thinned crust along the eastern side of the Late Proterozoic rift that split the North American craton. It is also in the west-central portion of the Late Devonian-Early Mississippian Antler foreland basin, and near the eastern edge of deformation related to the late Paleozoic Humboldt orogeny To the west of the Bald Mountain district, geologic interpretations are dominated by recognition of Paleozoic deformation, whereas to the east, interpretations emphasize Mesozoic contraction and plutonism and Tertiary extension.


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Name: Siltstone
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Early Mississippian
Age Old: Late Devonian

Name: Shale
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Early Mississippian
Age Old: Late Devonian

Name: Porphyry
Role: Associated
Description: intrusive quartz
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age in Years: 159.000000+-
Age Young: Late Jurassic

Analytical Data

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Ore: Gold


Comment (Identification): The Bida deposit is encompassed by Placer Dome?s Mooney Basin mine area.

Comment (Location): The Bida deposit is located on the eastern flank of Little Bald Mountain about a mile northwest of the Saga pits.

Comment (Workings): at least one open pit

Comment (Commodity): Ore Materials: gold

Comment (Deposit): The Bida Trend strikes N40-50W. The deposit is hosted in the Pilot Shale and is generally of lower grade than most other Bald Mountain deposits.

Comment (Development): When mined, the ore from the Bida and Saga deposits deposits will be processed at the Mooney Basin facility along with ore from the Top deposit. In 2006, Barrick Gold Corp. acquired the Bald Mountain Mine properties through its acquisition of Placer Dome U. S., Inc.

Comment (Economic Factors): No reserves reported as yet, but the deposit is included in Placer Dome?s current mine plan (2004). When mined, ore from the Bida and Saga deposits will be processed at the Mooney Basin facility along with ore from the Top deposit.

Comment (Geology): Jurassic or older structures that predate the Bald Mountain Stock include west to northwest-striking faults and at least some attenuation faults. The 159 Ma Bald Mountain pluton was emplaced along a pre-existing west-to northwest-striking structure and the pluton cuts some attenuation faults. Reverse faults and north-trending folds formed during Mesozoic compressional deformation that was related to pluton emplacement or Sevier-age (Cretaceous to early Tertiary) deformation. Major west-to northwest-striking faults cross the range, separate the range into domains, and were repeatedly activated. During Mesozoic compression, they acted as strike-slip tear faults. During Tertiary extension, these faults partly controlled rotation and down-dropping of rocks to the west, east, and south. The most prominent of these features is the Bida trend of Bald Mountain which controlled emplacement of the Jurassic Bald Mountain pluton. The Bida trend is most commonly made up of high angle faults and, along the southern side, slightly to moderately dipping faults. The apparent offset is normal, but is interpreted as at least partly strike-slip.


Reference (Deposit): The Geological Society of Nevada 1996 Spring Field trip, Geology and Gold Deposits of Eastern Nevada, GSN Special Publication No. 23.

Reference (Deposit): BLM, 2004, Bald Mountain Mine Exploration Program Programmatic Environmental Assessment NV040-04-023, Case File # N78825.

Reference (Deposit): Hitchborn and others, 1996, Geology and Gold Deposits of the Bald Mountain Mining District, White Pine County, Nevada, in Geology and Ore Deposits of the American Cordillera Symposium Proceedings, eds. A. Coyner and P. Fahey.

Reference (Deposit): 2004

Reference (Deposit): Nutt, C.J., Hofstra, A.H., Hart, K.S., and Mortensen, J.K., 2000, Structural setting and genesis of gold deposits in the Bald Mountain-Alligator Ridge area, east-central Nevada, in Cluer, J.K., Price, J.G., Struhsacker, E.M., Hardyman, R.F., and Morris, C.L., eds., Geology and Ore Deposits 2000: The Great Basin and Beyond: Geological Society of Nevada Symposium Proceedings, May 15-18, 2000, p. 513-537.

Reference (Deposit): FEIS, 1995

Reference (Deposit): Amer. Mines (1996), 1995

Reference (Location): Nutt, C. J. and Hofstra, A. H., 2007, Bald Mountain Gold Mining District, Nevada: A Jurassic Reduced Intrusion-Related Gold System; Economic Geology, v. 102, pp. 1129?1155.

Reference (Deposit): DEIS, 1995

Reference (Deposit): NBMG MI-91 through MI-02

Reference (Deposit): NBMG Map 91, 2nd, 3rd

Reference (Deposit): Nevada Land Status, 1990

Reference (Deposit): Long, K.R., DeYoung, J.H., Jr., and Ludington, S.D., 1998, Database of significant deposits of gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc in the United States; Part A, Database description and analysis; part B, Digital database: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-206, 33 p., one 3.5 inch diskette.

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