Teels Marsh

Region West, Southwest
Mineral systems
Deposit types
Other minerals

Information leading to the delineation of this focus area

Basis for focus area Teels Marsh basin area; includes playas (buffered with 5 km to include surrounding alluvium) from the Nevada state geologic map within the northern half of the Fish Lake-Soda Spring Valleys HUC8 watershed.
Identified resources Historical production of borax and sodium chloride.
Production Unknown.
Status Past mining. Current exploration for lithium.
Estimated resources Unknown.
Geologic maps Ross (1961), scale 1:250,000; Garside (1979, 1982), scale 1:24,000; Stewart (1979, 1981a, b, 1984), scale 1:24,000; Stewart, Kleinhampl, Speed and Johannesen (1984), scale 1:24,000; Stewart, Kleinhampl and Johannesen (1984), scale 1:24,000.
Geophysical data Airborne magnetic coverage is currently being acquired as part of the GeoDAWN project. Detailed gravity, magnetic, and seismic reflection coverage have been acquired by industry for the immediate Teels Marsh area.
Favorable rocks and structures Unconsolidated sediments in a closed basin.
Deposits Teels Marsh (MRDS dep_id: 10103597).
Evidence from mineral occurrences MRDS.
Geochemical evidence USGS geochemical survey in 1976 reported Li values as high as 850 ppm from samples taken from springs marginal to Quaternary faults on western edge of Teels Marsh basin (Bohannon and Meier, 1976).
Geophysical evidence Industry data in immediate Teels Marsh area.
Evidence from other sources Unknown.
Comments Models for Li brines and clays both require a Li source, and the source will be Neogene volcanic and sedimentary rocks within a HUC or within a neighboring HUC. Mapping could identify these lithologies and their location with respect to basins (in the center of a HUC). Dajin Resources (US) Corp. owns 403 placers claims within the Teels Marsh lithium project area.
Cover thickness and description At the surface.
Authors John L. Muntean.
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 in progress (GeoDAWN).