Amax Great Salt Lake

The Amax Great Salt Lake is a chlorine and magnesite mine located in Tooele county, Utah at an elevation of 4,226 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: Amax Great Salt Lake  

State:  Utah

County:  Tooele

Elevation: 4,226 Feet (1,288 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Chlorine, Magnesite

Lat, Long: 40.8961, -112.70560

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Amax Great Salt Lake MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Amax Great Salt Lake
Secondary: Amax Gsl
Secondary: Great Salt Lake Magnesium
Secondary: Stansbury Basin
Secondary: Amax Specialty Metals
Secondary: Utah Magnesium
Secondary: Salt Lake Magnesium
Secondary: Magcorp Great Salt Lake
Secondary: Nl Magnesium Division
Secondary: Nl Industries
Secondary: Rowley Plant


Commodity

Primary: Chlorine
Primary: Magnesite
Secondary: Calcium
Tertiary: Lithium
Tertiary: Bromine
Tertiary: Boron-Borates
Tertiary: Sodium
Tertiary: Potassium


Location

State: Utah
County: Tooele
District: None


Land Status

Land ownership: State


Holdings

Type: State Lease


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Renco Group
Percent: 100.0
Home Office: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Ny, Ny 10112
Info Year: 1995

Owner Name: Magnesium Corp. Of America (Magcorp)
Home Office: Utah
Info Year: 1994


Production

Year: 1985
Description: Magnesium 28576 Metric Tons
Year: 1984
Description: Magnesium 31751 Metric Tons
Year: 1983
Description: Magnesium 24494 Metric Tons


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Plant
Plant Type: Refiner
Plant Subtype: Electrostatic
Operation Type: Processing Plant
Mining Method: Auger Mining - Solution Mining
Milling Method: Hydrometallurgy Unspecified
Year First Production: 1972
Discovery Year: 1888
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: Y


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Basin And Range Province
Physiographic Section: Great Basin


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Not available


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Unknown: Aragonite
Unknown: Gypsum
Unknown: Dolomite
Unknown: Carnallite
Unknown: Quartz
Unknown: Montmorillonite
Unknown: Halite
Unknown: Sylvite


Comments

Comment (Exploration): "OTHER GEOCHEMICAL" INDICATES EXTENSIVE CHEMICAL ANALYSES OF THE LAKE BRINE.

Comment (Geology): "LIMESTONE" IS ACTUALLY OOLITIC SANDS.

Comment (Geology): THE FIRST GEOMETRY DATA SET REFERS TO THE EXTENSIVE DEPOSITS OF OOLITTC SANDS FOUND AROUND AND UNDER THE GREAT SALT LAKE.

Comment (Reserve-Resource): K AND LI ARE REPORTED AS OXIDES, ALTHOUGH THEY EXIST AS IONS IN THE LAKE BRINES. K2O AND LI2O ARE STANDARD ASSAY FORMULAS UNIVERSALLY ADOPTED BY THE POTASH AND LITHIUM-FROM-BRINE INDUSTRIES.

Comment (Reserve-Resource): THE FIRST COMPLETE INTERMOUNTAIN FIELD OPERATIONS CENTER (IFOC) EVALUATION OF THIS PROPERTY WAS UNDERTAKEN DURING FY 1983. THE UPDATE WAS DONE IN OCTOBER 1987. GRADE IS MG CONTAINED IN SOLAR PONDS. GRADE OF MG IN LAKE IS 0.4%. PLANT PRODUCES APPROXIMATELY 34,500 MTPY MG METAL AND 103,500 MTPY OF CHLORINE. (PAYDIRT MAGAZINE, ROCKY MT EDITION. APRIL 1993, P. 8A).

Comment (Production): K AND LI ARE REPORTED AS OXIDES, ALTHOUGH THEY EXIST AS IONS IN THE LAKE BRINES. K2O AND LI2O ARE STANDARD ASSAY FORMULAS UNIVERSALLY ADOPTED BY THE POTASH AND LITHIUM-FROM-BRINE INDUSTRIES. CALCIUM CHLORIDE IS PRODUCED ON SITE BY REACTING OOLITIC SANDS, WHICH ARE VERY COMMON IN AND AROUND THE GREAT SALT LAKE, WITH HYDROCHLORIC ACID, WHICH IS PRODUCED IN THE MELT AND REACTOR CELLS. MINING OF THE SANDS IS LOW COST, WITH ONE FRONT END LOADER BEING USED PART-TIME TO PROVIDE OOLITIC SANDS FROM SEVERAL SURFACE SITES AROUND THE PLANT. THE SANDS ARE BALL-MILLED, PLACED INTO A REACTOR VESSEL, CONTACTED WITH HCL, ALLOWED TO "DIGEST" IN ANOTHER TANK, THICKENED, AND SHIPPED OR USED ON-SITE FOR ACID NEUTRALIZATION AND FOR DESULFURI- ZATION. NO DATA ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AMOUNT OF CACL2 PRODUCED OR SHIPPED. THE BUREAU OF MINES DOES NOT MAINTAIN PRODUCTION DATA ON NON-NATURAL CACL2 PRODUCTION. AMAX PRODUCES ABOUT 51000 METRIC TONS OF CHLORINE A YEAR, WITH 18000 METRIC TONS PER YEAR BEING SHIPPED AND USED IN THE YIELD AND OUTPUT CALCULATIONS OF THIS STUDY. THE EXACT RECOVERY AND GRADE USED TO CALCULATE CHLORINE OUTPUT ARE PROVIDED IN SECTION B4 OF THE APPENDIX ACCOMPANYING THE REPORT.

Comment (Deposit): THE FIRST COMPLETE INTERMOUNTAIN FIELD OPERATIONS CENTER (IFOC) EVALUATION OF THIS PROPERTY WAS UNDERTAKEN DURING FY 1983. THE UPDATE WAS DONE OCTOBER 1987.


References

Reference (Deposit): F, I, P, 747.2000 E, F.

Reference (Deposit): CHEMICAL ECONOMICS HANDBOOK, P. 746.1001 T, 747.1000 E,

Reference (Deposit): SRI INTERNATIONAL, 1982, MAGNESIA FROM SEA WATER OR BRINE:

Reference (Deposit): OF TECHNOLOGY, REPORT DOE/CS/40284-T1, 176 P.

Reference (Deposit): CONTRACT NO. AC01-76CS40284 BY MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE

Reference (Deposit): TRIAL ENERGY CONSERVATION, U. S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY,

Reference (Deposit): SIUM PRIMARY PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY: DIVISION OF INDUS-

Reference (Deposit): FLEMINGS, M. C., AND OTHERS, 1981, AN ASSESSMENT OF MAGNE-

Reference (Reserve-Resource): SURVEY, BULLETIN 116, JUNE 1980, P. 155.

Reference (Reserve-Resource): EDITED BY J. W. GWYNN, UTAH GEOLOGICAL AND MINERAL

Reference (Reserve-Resource): LAKE - A SCIENTIFIC, HISTORICAL AND ECONOMIC OVERVIEW,

Reference (Reserve-Resource): STURM, P. A., THE GREAT SALT LAKE BRINE SYSTEM: GREAT SALT