Cat Town Mining District, Mother Lode Belt, Mariposa Co., California, USAi
|Regional Level Types|
|Cat Town Mining District||Mining District|
|Mother Lode Belt||Belt|
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
37° North , 120° West (est.)
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Location: This district is in northwestern Mariposa County at the site of the old mining camp of Cat Town. Although the Kinsley-Greeley Hill district adjoins it on the north and the Coulterville portion of the Mother Lode is on the west, this district is on a separate northwest-trending vein system. It may be on the same belt of mineralization as the Whitlock district to the southeast (see fig. 4). The height of mining activity here was in the 1880s and 1890s. The Gold Bug mine and several others were active in the 1930s,
and there has been some prospecting since. Also the area was recently prospected for molybdenum.
Geology: The deposits consist of gold-bearing quartz stringers in schist, slate, metachert, and greenstone. The values usually occur in small but rich pockets and are closely associated with albititc and diorite dikes. The deposits have not been mined to depths of greater than 100 feet.
Mines: The principal gold sources have been the Black Bart, Gold Bug, and White Porphyry Mines.
Regions containing this locality
|North America Plate||Tectonic Plate|
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4 valid minerals.
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|Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides|
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|Group 9 - Silicates|
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|Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES|
|Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks|
|Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with  coordinated Si|
|Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework|
|Al-Si Framework with Al-Si frameworks|
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Turner, Henry Ward & F.L. Ransome (1897), Description of the gold belt; description of the Sonora sheet: USGS Geologic Atlas, Sonora folio (Folio No. 41), 7 pp.
Bowen, O.E., Jr. & C.H. Gray, Jr. (1957), Mines and mineral deposits of Mariposa County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology: 53(1&2): 181-183.
Localities in this Region
- Mariposa Co.
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