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Lovitt Mine (L-D Mine; Golden King Mine; Gold King Mine; Squillchuck Mine; Wenatchee Mine), Squillchuck Creek, Wenatchee, Wenatchee District, Chelan Co., Washington, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 47° 22' 55'' North , 120° 18' 54'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 47.38194,-120.31500
GeoHash:G#: c26mw1t7c
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate


A Au-Ag mine located in the NE¼SW¼ sec. 22, T22N, R20E, on the west side of Squilchuck Creek.

It worked mineralization disseminated and in stockworks in pervasively altered and silicified sandstone of the Eocene Chumstick formation and an underlying unnamed sandstone unit.

Developments include 2 open stopes, 5 adits, 7 main levels and 6 sub-levels totaling about 12 miles of workings.

It produced 280 tons of ore in 1894, 170 tons in 1910, 20,000 tons in 1938-39, 6,216 tons in 1944-1946, and continual production from 1949 to 1967. Production records from 1954 to 1967 show 410,000 ounces of Au, 600,000 ounces of Ag from approximately 1,000,000 tons processed. Currently (2008) being re-opened by The Lovitt Mining Company, a subsidiary of Lovitt Resources (ticker: LRC-V).

Total remaining indicated reserves are 435,000 ounces of Au and 750,000 ounces of Ag.

Production scheduled to be underway Spring 2009.

Note: a visit by Norman King on October 24, 2014 showed no signs of recent activity.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


17 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Acanthite
Formula: Ag2S
Reference: Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Aguilarite
Formula: Ag4SeS
Habit: finely disseminated grains
Description: in chalcedonic ore
Reference: Cannon, B. (1975): Minerals of Washington, p.37, 103, 128; Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Arsenopyrite
Formula: FeAsS
Reference: Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Huntting, M. (1956): Inventory of Washington Minerals, Part II, Metallic Minerals, Vol. 1, p. 113; Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
'Chlorite Group'
Reference: Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
'Electrum'
Formula: (Au, Ag)
Reference: Cannon, B. (1975): Minerals of Washington, p.128; Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Gold
Formula: Au
Reference: Cannon, B. (1975): Minerals of Washington, p.128; Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Hessite
Formula: Ag2Te
Reference: Cannon, B. (1975): Minerals of Washington, p.103; Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
'K Feldspar'
Reference: Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
'K Feldspar var: Adularia'
Formula: KAlSi3O8
Reference: Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Marcasite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Muscovite var: Sericite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Naumannite
Formula: Ag2Se
Reference: Cannon, B. (1975): Minerals of Washington, p.37, 128; Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Pyrargyrite
Formula: Ag3SbS3
Reference: Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Huntting, M. (1956): Inventory of Washington Minerals, Part II, Metallic Minerals, Vol. 1, p. 113; Cannon, B. (1975): Minerals of Washington, p.37, 103, 128; Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Huntting, M. (1956): Inventory of Washington Minerals, Part II, Metallic Minerals, Vol. 1, p. 113; Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14; Linda D. Gill, 2008; Collected at 1800 level
Quartz var: Chalcedony
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Cannon, B. (1975): Minerals of Washington, p.37, 103, 128; Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Reference: Huntting, M. (1956): Inventory of Washington Minerals, Part II, Metallic Minerals, Vol. 1, p. 113; Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14
Stibnite
Formula: Sb2S3
Reference: Cannon, B. (1975): Minerals of Washington, p.37, 103, 128; Lasmanis, R. Et Al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report, p.14

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Electrum1.AA.05(Au, Ag)
Gold1.AA.05Au
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
'Acanthite'2.BA.35Ag2S
'Aguilarite'2.BA.55Ag4SeS
'Arsenopyrite'2.EB.20FeAsS
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Hessite2.BA.60Ag2Te
Marcasite2.EB.10aFeS2
Naumannite2.BA.55Ag2Se
Pyrargyrite2.GA.05Ag3SbS3
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Stibnite2.DB.05Sb2S3
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
var: Chalcedony4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
'Calcite'5.AB.05CaCO3
Siderite5.AB.05FeCO3
Group 9 - Silicates
Muscovite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
var: Sericite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
Chlorite Group-
K Feldspar-
'var: Adularia'-KAlSi3O8

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Gold1.1.1.1Au
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:1
Acanthite2.4.1.1Ag2S
Aguilarite2.4.1.3Ag4SeS
Hessite2.4.2.1Ag2Te
Naumannite2.4.1.2Ag2Se
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:3
Stibnite2.11.2.1Sb2S3
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Arsenopyrite2.12.4.1FeAsS
Marcasite2.12.2.1FeS2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
ø = 3
Pyrargyrite3.4.1.2Ag3SbS3
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Muscovite71.2.2a.1KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Chlorite Group'-
'Electrum'-(Au, Ag)
'K Feldspar'-
'var: Adularia'-KAlSi3O8
Muscovite
var: Sericite
-KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Quartz
var: Chalcedony
-SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C SideriteFeCO3
OOxygen
O K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
O CalciteCaCO3
O Quartz (var: Chalcedony)SiO2
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O QuartzSiO2
O Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O SideriteFeCO3
AlAluminium
Al K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
Si Quartz (var: Chalcedony)SiO2
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SSulfur
S AcanthiteAg2S
S AguilariteAg4SeS
S ArsenopyriteFeAsS
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S GalenaPbS
S MarcasiteFeS2
S PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
S PyriteFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
S StibniteSb2S3
KPotassium
K K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
K Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
FeIron
Fe ArsenopyriteFeAsS
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe MarcasiteFeS2
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe SideriteFeCO3
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
AsArsenic
As ArsenopyriteFeAsS
SeSelenium
Se AguilariteAg4SeS
Se NaumanniteAg2Se
AgSilver
Ag AcanthiteAg2S
Ag AguilariteAg4SeS
Ag Electrum(Au, Ag)
Ag HessiteAg2Te
Ag NaumanniteAg2Se
Ag PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
SbAntimony
Sb PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
Sb StibniteSb2S3
TeTellurium
Te HessiteAg2Te
AuGold
Au Electrum(Au, Ag)
Au GoldAu
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Eocene
33.9 - 56 Ma



ID: 1435231
Nahahum Canyon Member, Chumstick Formation

Age: Eocene (33.9 - 56 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Nahahum Canyon Member

Lithology: Continental sedimentary deposits or rocks

Reference: Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources. Washington Interactive Geologic Map: 1:100,000 scale. Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources. [19]

Eocene - Late Cretaceous
33.9 - 100.5 Ma



ID: 2769793
Paleocene-Cretaceous nonmarine rocks

Age: Phanerozoic (33.9 - 100.5 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Chuckanut Formation; Guye Formation; Pipestone Canyon Formation; Swauk Formation; Chumstick Formation

Description: Brown-gray to light-gray, medium- to course-grained massive cross-bedded arkose with interbedded conglomerate and siltstone. Contains several coal seams in Whatcom County. Iron-rich laterite at base near Cle Elum and Blewett Pass in Kittitas and Chelan Counties.

Comments: Two polygons on the digital coverage are tagged as TKc (the original name of this unit). Chumstick formation is usually referred to as Swauk formation but is younger in age (middle Eocene as opposed to early Eocene) (Tabor and others, 1987). Original map source: Raines, Gary L., and Johnson, Bruce R., 1996, Digital representation of the Washington state geologic map; a contribution to the Interior Columbia River basin ecosystem management project, U.S. Geological Survey Open-file report 95-0684, 20 p., plus digi

Lithology: Major:{arkose}, Minor:{conglomerate,shale}, Incidental:{coal, siltstone, volcanic}

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]

Precambrian
541 - 4000 Ma



ID: 3192388
sedimentary rocks

Age: Precambrian (541 - 4000 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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Year (asc) Year (desc) Author (A-Z) Author (Z-A)
Huntting, M. (1956): Inventory of Washington Minerals, Part II, Metallic Minerals, Vol. 1, p. 112, 113.
Cannon, B. (1975): Minerals of Washington, p.37, 103, 128.
Lasmanis, R. et al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report p.14,15.
Gill, Linda D. (2008): Field Study and Assay Work, (Internal Company Documents).


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