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Kinsley Mountain deposit, Kinsley District, Elko Co., Nevada, USAi
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Kinsley Mountain depositDeposit
Kinsley DistrictMining District
Elko Co.County
NevadaState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 40° 8' 59'' North , 114° 20' 33'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 40.14976,-114.34266
GeoHash:G#: 9rnsqj41q
USGS MRDS Record:10310334
Locality type:Deposit
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate


Carlin type deposit. Extends into white Pine Co.

Structure: NW-trending high-angle structural zones. Alter, post-mineral N-S trending Basin and Range type faulting. The Kinsley Mountains are situated along the southern flank of the Tooele Arch, an early Paleozoic uplift.

Alteration: Alteration associated with gold mineralization consists mainly of silicification, oxidation, and decarbonatization with minor argilllization and local quartz veining. Skarn formation is associated with intrusive activity in the southern part of the property and silicification and with range-front faults. Widespread bedding parallel replacement silicification forms a widespread jasperoid body that is intermittently exposed over several square miles at the contact between the Lamb Dolomite and the overlying Candland Formation. Rocks are bleached adjacent to structures.

Tectonics: Sevier Thrust Belt

Commodity: Ore Materials: gold Gangue Materials: quartz, calcite, iron oxides, and pyrite in hand specimen, as well as cinnabar, stibnite, and arsenopyrite in thin section

Deposit: The Kinsley Mountain Mine is a near surface Carlin-type sediment hosted gold/silver deposit. Gold mineralization occurs in a northwest-trending zone that transects the Kinsley Mountains from the eastern pediment to the western pediment. Mineralization is epithermal and disseminated in carbonate rocks. Much of the gold mineralization occurs in bedding-parallel zones in shale and siltstones, as well as in NW-trending high-angle structural zones cutting shale, siltstone, and limestone. Gold occurs as micron-sized particles with quartz and silicified carbonate rocks. Oxidized ore is present as well as unoxidized sulfide and carbonaceous ore in some areas adjacent to oxide ore. The mineralized zone extends for 7000 feet along strike and is 2000 feet wide. An upper oxide deposit was the only portion of the deposit partially mined, leaving the high-grade portions of the deposit untouched, and in some places, even exposed in the pits. The previous operator, Alta Gold, also left a considerable amount of oxide ore un-mined. The deeper, high-grade zone has been tested by ten drill holes. Holes in this zone yielded gold grades that ranged from 0.235 ounce per ton on the east side of the range to 0.149 ounce per ton one mile to the northwest.

Deposit type: Sediment-hosted Au

Development: Silver-lead-copper ores were discovered in the area in 1862, after which George Kingsley organized the district in 1865. There was sporadic small production of copper, silver, lead, tungsten, marble, and gold from the district over several decades. The Kinsley Mountain deposit was first discovered in 1984 by USMX, and later explored by Cominco Limited (now Teck Cominco Limited) and Hecla Mining Company. This exploration included extensive drilling (over 700 holes) as well as detailed surface sampling and geophysics. In April 1994, the property was purchased by Alta Gold Company for $3.0 million and was put into production in 1994. The mine produced until 1999 when it closed at the time that Alta was forced into bankruptcy. During the production period a further 432 exploration holes were drilled bringing the total amount of holes drilled to 1,132. In October 2002, Lateegra Resources Corp. completed an option agreement whereby it has the ability to earn a 60% interest in the Kinsley Gold Project. The results of a study of property IP data on the Kinsley Mountain property in early November 2002 by Lateegra Resources Corp. indicate that the oxide gold ore zones of the Kinsley Mountain Mine are directly underlain by zones of sulfide mineralization associated with epithermal alteration and gold emplacement. Encouraged by these results, Lateegra planned to continue its exploration by testing these newly identified targets with a 10,000-foot reverse-circulation drill program. The deeper, high-grade zone has been tested by ten drill holes. Holes in this zone yielded gold grades that ranged from 0.235 ounce per ton on the east side of the range to 0.149 ounce per ton one mile to the northwest. Since these are bedded deposits, Lateegra Resources feel there is a high potential that Kinsley Mountain contains many times the amount of gold already mined in the yet to be explored high grade zone(s). In 2004, it was reported that Pan American Gold Corp. had an option to earn a 60% interest in the Kinsley Mountain Property, to be earned when Pan American completes a bankable feasibility study. A drill rig was mobilized to the former gold producer as a step in that direction. The drill program will test both oxide and sulfide targets beneath existing open pits, anomalous gold soil values, and areas identified in recently completed magnetic and VLF geophysical survey. The plan calls for drill holes up to 1200 feet in depth.

Ore(s): Much of the gold mineralization occurs in bedding-parallel zones in shale and siltstones, as well as in NW-trending high-angle structural zones cutting shale, siltstone, and limestone.

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10 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Arsenopyrite
Formula: FeAsS
Reference: NBMG Bull 106 Geology and Mineral Resources of Elko County, Nevada; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: NBMG Bull 106 Geology and Mineral Resources of Elko County, Nevada; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Cinnabar
Formula: HgS
Reference: NBMG Bull 106 Geology and Mineral Resources of Elko County, Nevada; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Gold
Formula: Au
Reference: NBMG Bull 106 Geology and Mineral Resources of Elko County, Nevada; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: NBMG Bull 106 Geology and Mineral Resources of Elko County, Nevada
Opal
Formula: SiO2 · nH2O
Reference: NBMG Bull 106 Geology and Mineral Resources of Elko County, Nevada
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: NBMG Bull 106 Geology and Mineral Resources of Elko County, Nevada; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: NBMG Bull 106 Geology and Mineral Resources of Elko County, Nevada; U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: NBMG Bull 106 Geology and Mineral Resources of Elko County, Nevada
Stibnite
Formula: Sb2S3
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey (2005) Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Gold1.AA.05Au
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Arsenopyrite2.EB.20FeAsS
Cinnabar2.CD.15aHgS
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Stibnite2.DB.05Sb2S3
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Opal4.DA.10SiO2 · nH2O
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3

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
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Cinnabar2.8.14.1HgS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:3
Stibnite2.11.2.1Sb2S3
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Arsenopyrite2.12.4.1FeAsS
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with H2O and organics
Opal75.2.1.1SiO2 · nH2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H OpalSiO2 · nH2O
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
OOxygen
O QuartzSiO2
O CalciteCaCO3
O OpalSiO2 · nH2O
O HematiteFe2O3
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
Si OpalSiO2 · nH2O
SSulfur
S PyriteFeS2
S ArsenopyriteFeAsS
S SphaleriteZnS
S CinnabarHgS
S StibniteSb2S3
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
FeIron
Fe HematiteFe2O3
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe ArsenopyriteFeAsS
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
AsArsenic
As ArsenopyriteFeAsS
SbAntimony
Sb StibniteSb2S3
AuGold
Au GoldAu
HgMercury
Hg CinnabarHgS

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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Quaternary - Miocene
0 - 23.03 Ma



ID: 3185380
Cenozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Cenozoic (0 - 23.03 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]

Cambrian
485.4 - 541 Ma



ID: 2794948
Carbonate Shelf Sequence - Dolomite, limestone, and shale

Age: Cambrian (485.4 - 541 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Bonanza King Formation; Carrara Formation; Dunderberg Shale; Hamburg Dolomite; Nopah Formation; Pioche Shale; Patterson Pass Shale; Chisholm Shale; Highland Peak Formation; Lyndon Limestone; Pole Canyon Limestone; Lincoln Peak Formation; Windfall Formation

Description: Occurs in southern and eastern Nevada. The Bonanza King and Carrara Formations are the primary formations in southern Nye County; the Dunderberg Shale in northern Nye and Lincoln Counties; the Hamburg Dolomite in Eureka County; the Nopah Formation in southern Nye and Esmeralda Counties; the Patterson Pass and Pioche Shales, the Chisholm and Highland Peak Formations, and the Lyndon Limestone in Lincoln County; the Pole Canyon Limestone and the Lincoln Peak and Windfall Formations in northern Nye County; and undifferentiated limestone and dolomite in Lincoln, Clark, White Pine, Eureka, northern Nye, and Elko Counties. This unit is conformably overlain by the Ordovician shelf rocks (OCc), and is depositional on the underlying Proterozoic-Cambrian quartzite of CZq.

Comments: Original map source: Crafford, A.E.J., 2007, Geologic Map of Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 249, 1 CD-ROM, 46 p., 1 plate; Scale 1:250,000.

Lithology: Major:{dolostone,limestone,shale}

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]

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

References

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Monroe, S.C., (1991), Kinsley Mountain Project, Elko County, Nevada; Geology and ore deposits of the Great Basin; field trip guidebook compendium, eds.,Buffa, Ruth H andCoyner, Alan R.
Long, K.R., DeYoung, J.H., Jr., and Ludington, S.D., (1998), Significant deposits of gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 90-206A, 33 p.; 98-206B. one 3.5 inch diskette.
Steininger, Roger, (1966), Geology of the Kingsley mining district, Elko County, Nevada, BYU Geol. Studies, v. 13, p. 69-88.


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