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Black Canyon Mine (Sanger; Flora; Mineral Point; Carol J; Hope Group; Eagle and Westward Eagle), Sierra View, White Mts, Inyo Co., California, USA

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A former Pb-Cu-Ag-Au-Zn mine located in sec. 13, T7S, R34E, MDM, 2.7 km (1.7 miles) SSW of Sierra View (coordinates of record), overlooking Black Canyon from the eastern ridge, on National Forest wilderness land (Black Canyon Roadless Area Review & Evaluation (RARE II) Area). The property was comprised of 58 acres. Operated during the periods 1925-1927 & 1949-1950. MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 10 meters.

Mineralization is hosted in quartzite. The ore body is lenticular in form, strikes N and dips 40W. It is a shear zone, tabular in form. The primary mode of origin was hydrothermal. Primary ore control was faulting. Irregular lenses of ore occur in limestone close to contact of quartzite. The bulk of the ore is cerussite and smithsonite. Local rocks include Cambrian marine rocks.

Workings include surface and underground openings with a length of 167.64 meters and an overall depth of 45.72 meters, and comprised of a 50 foot deep shaft and a 100 foot tunnel on the S slope of the ridge. On the N slope, 100 feet below the other workings, is a tunnel driven S 300 feet, following a fault fissure. There are 100 feet of drifts on the fissure.

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6 entries listed. 6 valid minerals.

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Tucker, W. Burling (1926), Imperial, Inyo Counties: California Journal of Mines and Geology, California Mining Bureau. (Report 22): 22(4): 248-285, 489-490.

Tucker, W. Burling & Reid J. Sampson (1938), Mineral resources of Inyo County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology; California Division of Mines (Report 34): 34(4): 414-415.

Holnes, G. H. (1955), Preliminary Examination Black Mine, Inyo County, California, 7 pp.

Goodwin, Joseph Grant (1957) Lead and zinc in California. California Journal of Mines and Geology, Division of Mines (Report 53): 53(3&4): No. 39, p. 456.

Rains, R.L., et al (1983), Mineral Investigation of the Black Canyon RARE II Area (No. 5061), Inyo County, California, U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report MLA 85-83, Table 2, No. 106, p. 170.

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10076632, 10110492 & 10163247.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file ID #0060270156.

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