Star Tungsten Mine

Region West, Southwest
Mineral systems
Deposit types
Critical minerals
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Information leading to the delineation of this focus area

Basis for focus area Cluster of MRDS records spatially associated with the Star Tungsten mine, a skarn deposit related to the Tertiary Harrison Pass pluton (I-type, reduced).
Identified resources Identified resources and historical production of tungsten.
Production Star Tungsten mine (1941, 1952-56, 1972); 11,659 units of WO3; 10,580 metric tons of ore at 1.0% WO3 (John and Bliss, 1994).
Status Past mining.
Estimated resources As of 1943, reserves at the Star Tungsten mine and adjacent Campbell property estimated at 8,000 tons containing 9,000 units of WO3 with potential to treat old tailings (Klepper and others, 1944).
Geologic maps Stewart and Carlson (1978), scale 1:500,000; Hope and Coats (1976), scale 1:100,000.
Geophysical data Inadequate Rank 5 aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric coverage.
Favorable rocks and structures Scheelite occurs in small bodies of tactite in a northerly trending contact zone between a quartz monzonite stock and beds of limestone metamorphosed to marble and hornfels.
Deposits Star Tungsten mine (MRDS dep_id: 10111431), Campbell 6 (MRDS dep_id: 10045671), Climax (MRDS dep_id: 10045672).
Evidence from mineral occurrences MRDS.
Geochemical evidence Unknown.
Geophysical evidence Unknown.
Evidence from other sources Unknown.
Comments Largest W producer in the Harrison Pass Mining District; associated with Eocene Harrison Pass Granite pluton at south end of the Ruby Mountains. Beryl occurs in the tactite bodies, in the granitic rocks immediately adjacent to them, and in pegmatites in and near the stock (Smith, 1976).
Cover thickness and description Exposed.
Authors David A. Ponce.
New data needs Geologic mapping, geophysics.
Geologic mapping and modeling needs Updated geologic mapping.
Geophysical survey and modeling needs High-resolution, Rank 1 aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric surveys.
Digital elevation data needs Lidar inadequate.