White Oaks Mining District

Region West, Southwest
Mineral systems
Deposit types
Other minerals

Information leading to the delineation of this focus area

Basis for focus area District boundaries from McLemore (2017).
Identified resources Historical production of gold.
Production The White Oaks district was predominantly a lode mining district; placers were important only before the discovery of the lode in 1879 (Johnson, 1972).
Status Past mining.
Estimated resources Unknown.
Geologic maps New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (2003), scale 1:500,000; Rawling and Koning (2011), scale 1:24,000.
Geophysical data Inadequate aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric coverage.
Favorable rocks and structures Placer gold was likely derived from Au-bearing quartz-pyrite veins of the lode district, as much of the placer mining was conducted in the vicinity of the major lodes (Johnson, 1972).
Deposits Unknown.
Evidence from mineral occurrences Johnson (1972).
Geochemical evidence Unknown.
Geophysical evidence Aeromagnetic and gravity data needed.
Evidence from other sources Unknown.
Comments Placer deposits not very important.
Cover thickness and description At the surface.
Authors Virginia T. McLemore.
New data needs Map the stream terraces to delineate potential placer deposits.
Geologic mapping and modeling needs Mapping needed.
Geophysical survey and modeling needs High resolution, Rank 1 aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric coverage.
Digital elevation data needs Lidar in progress.