Victorio Mining District

Region West, Southwest
Mineral systems
Deposit types
Critical minerals
Other minerals

Information leading to the delineation of this focus area

Basis for focus area Tungsten and Be resources at Victorio; REE, Re, W, and Sn are potential byproducts. The focus area encompasses of the Victorio resource. District boundaries for focus area used by McLemore (2017).
Identified resources Identified resources of beryllium, molybdenum, and tungsten; historical production of beryllium, copper, gold, lead, silver, tungsten, and zinc.
Production Production from the Victorio district in 1942 was 20,000 lbs at 1% WO3 and 39,200 lbs at 0.6% WO3 (Richter and Lawrence, 1983; Dale and McKinney, 1959). Cumulative production from the district includes 70,000 to 130,000 tons Pb, Ag, Au, Zn, and Cu ore (Hendrickson, 1977).
Status Past mining. Reserves development for Victorio Mountain Extension by Donegan Resources.
Estimated resources Beryllium: Resource of 11.9 million metric tons, grade of 0.023% BeO, and grade of 0.01% Be (Foley, Jaskula, Kimball and Schulte, 2017). Tungsten and molybdenum: Victorio Measured, Indicated, and Inferred resources: 154 Mt @ 0.08% Mo and 0.088% WO3 (Knudsen and Hahn, 2012), or 57.7 million short tons of 0.129% Mo and 0.142% WO3 (Bell, 1983).
Geologic maps Thorman and Drewes (1981), scale 1:24,000.
Geophysical data Inadequate aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric coverage.
Favorable rocks and structures Limestones surrounding granitic porphyry with disseminated and replacement bodies of Mo and W +/- Be.
Deposits Irish Rose mine (MRDS dep_id: 10009984), Victorio district (MRDS dep_id: 60001677; USMIN Site_ID: NM00037).
Evidence from mineral occurrences MRDS; USMIN; Foley, Jaskula, Piatak and Schulte (2017).
Geochemical evidence Donahue (2002) gives high Be in reanalyzed NURE stream sediment data (2-9 ppm). Average grade of vein ore at the Irish Rose mine ore was 0.1% WO3 with 0.6% BeO.
Geophysical evidence Unknown.
Evidence from other sources More and Stryhas (2007a); Knudsen and Hahn (2012).
Comments Deposit types in this focus area also include carbonate-hosted epithermal Be; could be remapped, need to focus on tying carbonate-hosted deposits to porphyry (drill core at NMBGMR).
Cover thickness and description Skarn deposits at surface, porphyry at approximately 2000 feet depth.
Authors Ryan D. Taylor, Albert H. Hofstra, Virginia T. McLemore, Joshua M. Rosera, David A. Ponce.
New data needs Alteration mapping. Aeromagnetic and radiometric surveys. Incorporating the drill information and core at the NMBGMR.
Geologic mapping and modeling needs Although a published map (Thorman and Drewes, 1981) is available, alteration and mineral deposits are not included on the map. A more detailed alteration and mineralization map is needed.
Geophysical survey and modeling needs High-resolution, Rank 1 aeromagnetic and radiometric surveys.
Digital elevation data needs Lidar complete.