Bingham, Melco deposit

Deposit with commodities gold

More information at and near this site: In-UT00011

About this location

Feature ID In-Mo00091
Geographic coordinates -112.1575, 40.5865
Point definition Location of the Melco site from imported GIS file
Reference Utah Geological Survey (2021); UMOS_2021_05_05 file
Date: 2021

Geologic information

Commodities gold
Valuable materials gold
Associated materials alunite (1); arsenopyrite; barite; carbon; illite; kaolinite; marcasite; orpiment; pharmacosiderite; pyrite; quartz; realgar
Mineralization style breccias; disseminations; veinlets; veins
Age of mineralization 33.1 +/- 1.6 Ma (2)
Host rock age Permian
Host unit name Diamond Creek Sandstone; Freeman Peak Formation; Kirkman Limestone
Host lithologies calcareous sandstone; dolomite; orthoquartzite; sedimentary breccia
Alteration argillization; bleached (2); decalcified; silicification
Reference Gunter, W.L., and Austin G.W., 1998, Geology of the Melco gold deposit, Oquirrh Mountains, Utah, in John, D.A., and Ballantyne, G.H., Geology and ore deposits of the Oquirrh and Wasatch Mountains, Utah: Society of Economic Geologists Guidebook Series v. 29, p. 227-240,
Additional references (1) Babcock and others (1995); (2) Cunningham and others (2004); Min_Age "33.1 +/- 1.6 Ma" refers to U/Th-He dating on apatite from the nearby Barneys Canyon deposit which is presumed to be coeval

Deposit models and geoenvironmental models

Type Model Reference
Deposit model Distal disseminated silver-gold Utah Geological Survey, 2021, Utah mineral occurrence system (UMOS): Utah Geological Survey, accessed August 4, 2021, at
Geoenvironmental model Sediment-hosted Au deposits Hofstra, A.H., Leventhal, J.S., Grimes, D.J., and Heran, W., 1995, Sediment-hosted Au deposits, in du Bray, E.A., ed., Preliminary compilation of descriptive geoenvironmental mineral deposit models: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95-831, p. 184-192,

History of the site

Dates Status Detail Reference
1980 to 1989 Discovery Discovery reported as "1980S Utah Geological Survey (2021)

Geographic context based on the point coordinates