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Red Metals Mine (North View Copper Mine; Porcupine tunnel; Wheeler tunnel; Revelation patent; Red Metal Mine; NBMG sample sites No. 3333 & No. 4122), Copperfield, Peavine District, Washoe Co., Nevada, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 39° 36' 37'' North , 119° 56' 52'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 39.6102777778, -119.947777778

A Cu-Au-Ag occurrence/mine located in secs. 9 & 10, T20N, R18E, MDM, 2.4 km (1.5 miles) S of Copperfield, on private land. MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 10 meters. Bonham (1969), p. 80, MS 4832 shows patented claim names.

Mineralization is a Late Cretaceous deposit hosted in welded tuff. The ore body strikes NE and dips 20SE. Milky quartz veins and veinlets contain sparse remnants of the hypogene minerals bornite, pyrite, magnetite and chalcopyrite. Iron oxide occurs as boxworks and fracture coatings. Veins are reportedly Au-bearing (Hudson, 1977). Vein attitudes are not obvious although Bonham (1969) reports both parallel and crioss-cutting attitudes. Black tourmaline occurs as breccia fillings, veinlets, and replacement associated with the mineralization. Veins are probably late-stage skarn related. The contact metasomatic mineralization could be related to Cretaceous granodiorite or Jurassic magmatism coeval with the Peavine sequence volcanic and sub-volcanic rocks. Other similar Cu prospects occur on Peavine Peak.Cu mineralization occurs in lenses of quartz and brecciated, schistose meta-andesite. The lenses are parallel to the schistosity of the meta-volcanics. The main ore body occurs as overlapping lenses in a zone 200 feet long and 50 feet deep, which dip 20SE. Local alteration include epidotization & Fe oxide alteration. Associated rocks include basalt. Local rocks include Geologic units near the site, calculated from the appropriate geologic map (at the main entrance) include shale, sandstone, volcanogenic clastic rocks, andesite, rhyolite, and locally thick carbonate units.

Workings include surface and underground openings comprised of small open pits and short (?) adits.

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Hill, J.M. (1915), USGS Bulletin 594.

Overton, T.D. (1947), Mineral Resources, Douglas, Ormsby, Washoe Counties, Nevada, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Bulletin 46: 75.

Bonham, H.F., Jr. (1969), Nevada Bureau of Mines Bulletin 70: 80.

Garside, L.J. (1985), Red Metals Mine, Peavine District, Washoe County, sample site visit (9/17/85), Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, unpublished mining district files (Tingley files).

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10043877 & 10222778.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file ID #0320310106.

Anonymous, Mining District file 318 (Peavine District), Itm 4, unsigned report, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology files, Reno, Nevada.

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