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Last Chance Peak Mine (Last Chance Mountain Mine; El Capitan Mine; El Capitam Mine), Crater, Last Chance Range, Inyo Co., California, USA

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A former Hg mine located in sec. 22, T8S, R39E, MDM, 2.9 km (1.8 miles) N of Crater, and 4.3 km (2.7 miles) E of Last Chance Peak (coordinates of record) (prospects SW of Last Chance Spring), on National Park Service wilderness land (Death Valley National Park/Death Valley Wilderness). Originally mined by Native Americans. Owned by the Quad Metals Corp. (1969). Operated in 1968. MRDS database accuracy for this location is 10 meters.

NOTE: USGS MRDS database file #10103798 places this mine in sec. 2, T8S, R39E, MDM, at geographic coordinates 37°16'40"N, 117°39'46"W. There are no mining symbols on the topo maps for that location. The geographic coordinates provided in MRDS file #10187965 (sec. 22) relate to an area on the topo map with a shaft symbol and specified open pit mines, and several open mine symbols and access roads. It would appear that the data presented in file #10187965 are correct.

Mineralization is a deposit in an area of fossil hot springs along faults in Cambrian limestone and dolomite. Local rocks include Cambrian marine rocks.

Workings include unspecified surface and underground openings.

Produced a minimum of 1,000 flasks of Hg in 1968 plus 100 flasks in 1969. Closed in 1970.

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5 entries listed. 5 valid minerals.

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Steward, Julian H. (1933), Ethnography of the Owens Valley Piute: University of California, Pub. Archaeology and Ethnology: 33: 233-338.

U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Yearbooks (1959-1973).

Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 27, 148.

Hill, R.L. (1972), Geology and geochemistry of El Capitan mercury mine, Last Chance Range, Inyo County, California. Unpublished Master’s thesis, University of California, Los Angeles.

Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 115.

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10103798 & 10187965.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file ID #0060271255.

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