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Ready Cash (U. S. Gold; Paymaster), Highland District (Siberia District), Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 45° 48' 55'' North , 112° 27' 20'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 45.81528,-112.45556
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate

REF:MBMG MEM 32, P. 49
Deposit:: MBM&G MEM 32,1950,P37-55
Deposit:: MBM & G MEM 15, 1935, P76
Commodities (Major) - Gold, Zinc, Copper, Silver, Lead
Development Status: Past Producer
Host Rock: Limestone

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Lopingian - Tournaisian
252.17 - 358.9 Ma

ID: 2914288
Phosphoria Formation through Madison Group: Phosphoria, Quadrant, Amsden, Mission Canyon, and Lodgepole Formations

Age: Paleozoic (252.17 - 358.9 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Phosphoria Formation; Quadrant Formation; Amsden Formation; Mission Canyon Formation; Lodgepole Limestone

Description: Phosphoria Formation (Pp): Gray and tan dolomite, cherty limestone, bedded chert, siltstone, sandstone, and gray to black phosphatic and dolomitic shale. Marine shelf and offshore marine. Thickness as much as 255 m (837 ft). Quadrant Formation (PAq): Very light gray, yellowish or pinkish, well-sorted sandstone or quartzite, locally interbedded with subordinate limestone beds. Marine. Generally, thickness as much as 140 m (460 ft), but as much as 800 m(2,625 ft) in southwestern-most Montana. Amsden Formation (PAMa): Red shale, light gray limestone, and cherty and sandy limestone. Coastal plain or marine. Thickness as much as 180 m (590 ft). Mission Canyon Formation (Mmc): Gray, massive limestone with chert beds and nodules, and solution breccia zones. Shallow marine. Thickness as much as 520 m (1,706 ft). Lodgepole Formation (Ml): Woodhurst Member (upper part of formation): light gray, well-bedded limestone, typically with much dark chert, interbedded with thinner calcareous mudstone beds. Paine Member (middle part of formation):dark gray, thin-bedded, silty or fossiliferous limestone. Cottonwood Canyon Member (lower part of formation): black shale with basal conglomeratic lag deposit. Shallow marine. Thickness as much as 305 m (1000 ft).

Lithology: Major:{limestone,dolostone,shale}, Minor:{sandstone,siltstone,phosphatic shale,mudstone,black shale, conglomerate}, Incidental:{chert}

Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052. [133]

Pennsylvanian - Mississippian
298.9 - 358.9 Ma

ID: 2132569
Snowcrest Range Group and Madison Group, undivided

Age: Carboniferous (298.9 - 358.9 Ma)

Lithology: Major:: {13-33m(calcareous mudstone)| 85-125m(limestone, silty limestone, siltstone, shale, calcareous mudstone)| 5-45m(siltstone, sandstone, claystone)| 240-420m(limestone)| 100-230m(limestone, argillaceous limestone)}; Minor:: {13-33m(limestone, calcareous sandstone, calcareous siltstone, limestone-pebble conglomerate, phosphatic claystone)| | 5-45m(limestone solution breccia, evaporite solution breccia)| 240-420m(dolomitic limestone)| 100-230m(shaly limestone, calcareous shale}

Reference: Zientek, M.L., P.D. Derkey, R.J. Miller, J.D. Causet et al. Spatial Databases for the Geology of the Northern Rocky Mountains - Idaho, Montana, and Washington. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1235 Version 1.0. [25]

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