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Desert Mercury Mine (Bimetallic Mine; Desert Mercury group), Mercury Mountain, Old Woman District, Old Woman Mts, San Bernardino Co., California, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 34° 38' 60'' North , 115° 12' 26'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 34.65, -115.207222222
 
A former Hg occurrence/mine located in sec. 33, T7N, R17E, SBM, 3.1 km (2.0 miles) NNW of Mercury Mountain (coordinates of record)(12 miles NE of Danby). Owned by S. M. Mingus (1930). Operated in 1940. MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 1,000 meters.

Mineralization is hosted in porphyry. The ore body is irregular, strikes N80E and dips 60E at a width of 4.57 meters. Controls for ore emplacement
included a brecciated rock unit contact. Associated rocks include gneiss. Local rocks include Mesozoic granitic rocks, unit 3 (Sierra Nevada, Death Valley area, Northern Mojave Desert and Transverse Ranges).

Local geologic structures include a breccia zone and parallel dikes.

Local structures include a breccia zone.

Production data are found in: U.S. Bureau of Mines data.

Production statistics: Year: 1960 (period = 1960): Hg (estimate): ^6 pounds/ton. Recovery percentage: 2,711 grams/metric ton.

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References

Tucker, W. Burling & Reid J. Sampson (1931), Los Angeles Field Division; 27th Report of the State Mineralogist; San Bernardino County: California Journal of Mines and Geology, California Mining Bureau. (Report 27): 27(3): 266, 339.

Ransome, Alfred Leslie & J.L. Kellogg (1939), Quicksilver resources of California: California Division Mines Report 35: 476.

Wright, L.A., et al (1953), Mines and mineral resources of San Bernardino County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology: 49(1-2): 92-93 tabulated list of mines.

Holmes, Jr., G.W. (1965), Mercury in California: in: U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 8252: 179.

Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 121.

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10040698 & 10141189.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file #0060711517.

Bailey, E.H., USGS, personal files.

 
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