Southwest New Mexico VMS

Region West, Southwest
Mineral systems
Deposit types
Other minerals

Information leading to the delineation of this focus area

Basis for focus area Polygons extracted and merged from National Assessment. National Assessment tract SB26. Previously categorized as Massive sulfide, Kuroko. Mining district outlines from McLemore (2017).
Identified resources None.
Production None.
Status Past exploration.
Estimated resources Unknown.
Geologic maps New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (2003), scale 1:500,000.
Geophysical data Inadequate Rank 3 aeromagnetic and Rank 5 aeroradiometric coverage.
Favorable rocks and structures Felsic and mafic rocks occur within greenstone belts that make up a significant part of Proterozoic terranes in northern New Mexico. The terranes in the Burro Mountains have not been examined in detail, but could have potential for VMS deposits.
Deposits Significant deposits or prospects are not known in southwestern New Mexico.
Evidence from mineral occurrences U.S. Geological Survey National Mineral Resource Assessment Team (2002); McLemore and others (1996).
Geochemical evidence Unknown.
Geophysical evidence None.
Evidence from other sources Unknown.
Cover thickness and description Unknown.
Authors Allen K. Andersen, Deborah A. Briggs, Virginia T. McLemore.
New data needs Geological mapping, geochemical sampling.
Geologic mapping and modeling needs Detailed and alteration mapping.
Geophysical survey and modeling needs High resolution, Rank 1 aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric coverage.
Digital elevation data needs Lidar complete.