Porphyry Dike Mine

The Porphyry Dike Mine is a gold mine located in Lewis and Clark county, Montana at an elevation of 7,480 feet.

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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: Porphyry Dike Mine  

State:  Montana

County:  Lewis and Clark

Elevation: 7,480 Feet (2,280 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 46.42778, -112.28750

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Porphyry Dike Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Porphyry Dike Mine


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Arsenic


Location

State: Montana
County: Lewis and Clark
District: Rimini District


Land Status

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.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Surface/Underground


Ownership

Not available


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1892
Discovery Year: 1890
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral Not In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: IRREGULAR


Structure

Type: R
Description: Large Scale Volcanic And Igneous Intrusive Activities Boulder Batholith

Type: L
Description: Jointing, Overlapping Of Pyroclastics And Flow Units Thin Dikes And Faults


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Sericitization, Kaolinization


Rocks

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Host
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pliocene


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Gold
Gangue: Limonite
Gangue: Pyrite


Comments

Comment (Development): REFERENCE MATERIAL INDICATES THAT THE ANACONDA CO. HAS THOROUGHLY SAMPLED THIS DEPOSIT BY DRILLING

Comment (Commodity): LIMONITE STAINED FRACTURES SAID TO BE PARTICULARLY FAVORABLE PLACES FOR GOLD OCCURRENCE

Comment (Location): NEAR HEAD OF MONITOR CREEK. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1954)

Comment (Production): USGS BULL 1151, P. 115.

Comment (Workings): TWO 1200 FT ADITS UNDER THE PIT, BOTH WITH NUMEROUS CROSSCUTS AND CONNETING VERTICAL WORKINGS. OPEN PIT IS 150 FT WIDE, 300 FT LONG AND 150 FT DEEP.

Comment (Deposit): THE RICHEST ORE MINED AT THE PORPHYRY DIKE MINE WAS REMOVED FROM A VERTICALLY SHEETED ZONE OF THOROUGH AND DEEP OXIDATION ALONG WHICH CONCENTRATION OF GOLD IN OPEN JOINTS COULD EASILY OCCUR

Comment (Deposit): 4 INTERLAYERED AND OVERLAPPING PYROCLASTIC AND FLOW UNITS IN THE RHYOLITE. THESE UNITS ARE CUT BY THIN DIKES AND BY FAULTS. PRIMARY GOLD WAS DISSEMINATED IN THE CLOSELY HOINTED, LAMINATED FLOW ROCKS. PART OF FREE GOLD HAS BEEN WASHED INTO OPEN JOINTS AND DESCENDED THROUGH THE RHYOLITE AND CONCENTRATED. RICHEST ORE WAS FROM A VERTICAL SHEETED ZONE.


References

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 842, P. 259-60.

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 1151, P. 114-16, PL. 1.

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 527, P. 84-85.

Reference (Production): RUPPEL, E. T., 1963 , GEOL. OF THE BASIN QUAD., JEFF., LEWIS & CLARK, POWELL CO., MONT USGS BULL NO 1151