Zuni Mountains PGE

Region West, Southwest
Mineral systems
Deposit types
Other minerals

Information leading to the delineation of this focus area

Basis for focus area Mining district boundaries from McLemore (2017).
Identified resources None.
Production None.
Status Current exploration.
Estimated resources Unknown.
Geologic maps Goddard (1966), scale 1:31,680.
Geophysical data Inadequate aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric coverage.
Favorable rocks and structures Mafic and ultramafic Precambrian rocks.
Deposits None.
Evidence from mineral occurrences None.
Geochemical evidence Nickel in ultramafic rocks as high as 1,131 ppm (Strickland and others, 2003); PGE found (McLemore, 2013b).
Geophysical evidence Unknown.
Evidence from other sources New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division mine permits.
Comments Identification of PGM minerals by microprobe at NMBGMR in ultramafic rocks (McLemore, 2013b).
Cover thickness and description Unknown.
Authors Virginia T. McLemore.
New data needs This area needs detailed 1:12,000 mapping, chemistry, alteration mapping.
Geologic mapping and modeling needs Detailed geology-structure-alteration-mineralization mapping.
Geophysical survey and modeling needs High resolution aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric coverage.
Digital elevation data needs Lidar complete.