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Snelling Gold Dredging Company Placer Mine, Snelling, Snelling District, Merced Co., California, USA

Latitude: 37°30'54"N
Longitude: 120°23'51"W
A former placer Au-PGE (Pt-Ru-Pd-Rh-Os-Ir) mine (dredge) located in sec. 3, T5S, R14E, MDM, 3.6 km (2.2 miles) E of Snelling, along the S side of the Merced River between river miles 50 & 51. First produced in 1932. MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 1,000 meters. NOTE: This locality is evidenced on topo maps as a large shaded area of designated dredge tailings.

Minealization is a lacer Au-PGE deposit (Deposit Type: stream placer; Deposit model: 119: Placer Au-PGE), hosted in rocks of the Ingalls complex (gravel and conglomerate). Local rocks include Quaternary alluvium and marine deposits.

Workings presumably consisted of surface dredging operations.

Mineral List

Gold
Platinum


2 entries listed. 2 valid minerals.

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References

Logan, Clarence August (1918), Platinum and allied metals in California: California Mining Bureau. Bulletin 85, 120 pp.: 33-34.

Mertie, J.B. (1969) Economic geology of the platinum metals. USGS Professional Paper 630, 120 pp.: 94, Table 40.

Clark, Wm. B. (1970a) Gold districts of California: California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 193: 120-121.

Clark, Wm. B. (1970b) Platinum: California Division Mines and Geology Mineral Information Service: 23(6): 115-122:

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10261218.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file ID #0060470044.

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