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Rattler Mine, Wheeler Peak, Patterson District, Sweetwater Mts (Sweetwater Range), Mono Co., California, USA

Latitude: 38°26'7"N
Longitude: 119°16'11"W
A former lode Au-Ag mine located in the SE¼NW¼ (estimated) sec. 30, T7N, R25E, MDM, 2.5 km (8,100 feet) NE of Wheeler Peak, on the N side of Ferris Canyon, on National Forest land. MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 5,000 meters.

Mineralizaion is a vein deposit (2 veins) hosted in porphyry. The ore body strikes N and dips 50W at a thickness of 0.91 meter. The ore carries Au, other carries Ag & Au. The porphyry is described as white and "porcelain-like." Local rocks include Mesozoic granitic rocks, unit 3 (Sierra Nevada, Death Valley area, Northern Mojave Desert and Transverse Ranges) and/or Tertiary volcanic flow rocks, unit 17 (Cascade Range).

Workings include underground openings comprised of 4 tunnels exposing the vein vertically for over 300 feet.

Production information: No prodcution records found.

Commodity information: Ore is high-grade, in many places Au is 1/6 of total value.

This mine was believed later to have been incorporated into the Kentuck Mine.

Mineral List

Gold
Quartz


2 entries listed. 2 valid minerals.

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References

Crawford, James John (1894), Twelfth report of the State Mineralogist: California Mining Bureau. (Report 12): 12: 182.

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10007174 & 10164380.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file ID #0060510153.

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