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Royal group (Spear; Lead Queen; Silver Spear; Cerro Gordo Extension), Cerro Gordo, Cerro Gordo District, Inyo Mts (Inyo Range), Inyo Co., California, USA

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A former Pb-Ag-Zn-Au-Cu mine located in secs. 11, 12, 13 & 14, T16S, R38E, MDM, 0.2 km (0.1 miles) ENE of Cerro Gordo (8 miles E of Keeler). Operated during the period 1909 to 1937. MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 10 meters.

Mineralization is a vein deposit with 3 parallel veins 1 to 3 feet thick, hosted in limestone. The ore body strikes N30W and dips 70W at a thickness of 0.91 meters. Limestone with a belt of slates occurs on the W slope of the ridge. Diorite porphyry intrusions occur in the limestone, trending NW on the Lead King and Lead Prince claims. The E slope of the ridge is a belt of white marble 300 feet wide. Associated rocks include the diorite. Local rocks include Paleozoic marine rocks, undivided, unit 1 (Mojave Desert and Death Valley area) and/or Carboniferous marine rocks, unit 3 (SE California Clastic Assemblage).

Local geologic structures include: a fault which strikes N and dips 70W.

Workings include underground openings with a length of 320.04 meters and an overall depth of 60.96 meters, and comprised of a 200 foot shaft, 800 feet of drifts and a 50 foot winze on the 200 level.

Total production: $30,000 in Pb, Zn, Ag, Au & Cu (period values). The Pb ore shipped carried 20 to 29% Pb and 26 ounces Ag/ton. It was stated that 46,000 pounds of Zn ore was shipped, averaging 39.2% Zn.

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3 entries listed. 3 valid minerals.

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Tucker, W. Burling (1926), Inyo County: California Journal of Mines and Geology, California Mining Bureau. (Report 22): 22(4): 497-498.

Goodwin, Joseph Grant (1957) Lead and zinc in California. California Journal of Mines and Geology, Division of Mines (Report 53): 53(3&4): 507.

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10076643 & 10285333.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file ID #0060270171.

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