Pine Creek

Producer in Inyo county in California, United States with commodities Tungsten, Copper, Molybdenum, Gold, Silver, Bismuth

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10008713
MRDS ID D001058
Record type Site
Current site name Pine Creek
Alternate or previous names Pine Creek Tungsten Mine
Included sites Black Monster, Snow Queen
Related records 10188014, 10236233

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -118.70428, 37.36161 (WGS84)
Elevation 2820
Relative position 21 MILES NORTHWEST OF BISHOP
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States California Inyo

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Mount Diablo 006S 030E 31 NE California

Comments on the location information

  • SECTION ESTIMATED IN CADASTRAL COORDINATES.

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Tungsten Primary
Copper Primary
Molybdenum Primary
Gold Primary
Silver Secondary
Bismuth Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Bornite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Covellite Ore
Gold Ore
Molybdenite Ore
Powellite Ore
Scheelite Ore
Diopside Gangue
Epidote Gangue
Feldspar Gangue
Garnet Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Metamorphism To Skarn, Ore In Fractures, And Some Replacement By Ore.

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Quartz Monzonite
    Rock unit name Pine Creek Pendant; Tungsten Hills Quartz Monzonite
    Rock description Pine Creek Pendant;Pine Creek Pendant;Tungsten Hills Quartz Monzonite.;Tungsten Hills Quartz Monzonite.;Tungsten Hills Quartz Monzonite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metasedimentary Rock > Marble

Nearby scientific data

(1) -118.70428, 37.36161

Geologic structures

Type of structure Regional
Structure description Sierra Nevada Batholith

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR
    Strike N - S
    Dip STEEPLY EAST
    Thickness 30.48M
    Width 18.29M
    Length 762M

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Contact Of Marble Beds In Pine Creek Pendant With Quartz Monzonite

Comments on the geologic information

  • PINE CREEK PENDANT MARBLE DENSITY IN SITU 3.2, DEFORMED IN JURASSIC. GEOL.COM: PINE CREEK PENDANT MARBLE DENSITY IN SITU 3.2, DEFORMED IN JURASSIC. SKARN (TACTITE).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Large
Significant No
Discovery year 1916
Discoverer Sproule And Vaughan
Year of first production 1918

Mining district

District name Bishop Tungsten District

Land status

Ownership category National Forest

Ownership information

  • Type Owner-Operator
    Owner Union Carbide Nuclear Corp.

Reserves and resources

  • Type In-situ
    Estimate year 1941
    Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
    Tungsten Wo3 0.5 wt-pct Tungsten Major 1941

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • 1) LEMMON, 1941. 2-4) USBM MAS.

Comments on the workings information

  • DEVELOPED FROM 8000 TO 11500 FT. ELEVATION, MILL IS AT 7800 FT. . FOUR ADITS AT ELEVATIONS OF 10,750 FT., 11,052 FT. AND 11,371 FT., AND A LARGE OPEN CUT.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS D001058
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS D001917
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 0060279002
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 0060270008

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    LEMMON, D.M., UNPUBLISHED DATA.

  • Deposit

    LEMMON, D.M., AND TWETO, O.L., 1962, TUNGSTEN IN THE U.S., USGS MAP, MR-25.

  • Deposit

    BURWELL, BLAIR, 1941, MILLING TUNGSTEN ORE AT PINE CREEK: MINING CONG. JOUR., VOL. 27, NO. 10, P. 16-18.

  • Deposit

    BATEMAN, P.C., 1945, PINE CREEK AND ADAMSON TUNGSTEN DEPOSITS, INYO COUNTY, CALIF.: CALIF. JOUR. MINES AND GEOL., VOL. 41, NO. 4, P. 231-249.

  • Deposit

    1959, OCCURRENCE OF NONPEGMATITE BERYLLIUM IN THE UNITED STATES, USGS PROFESSIONAL PAPER 318, PP. 91-92.

  • Deposit

    WRIGHT, W. A., 1978, MINERALOGICAL AND COMPOSITIONAL ZONATION IN THE NORTH ORE BODY, PINE CREEK MINE, BISHOP DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA, GEOLOGICAL SOC. OF AMERICA ABSTR. WITH PROGR AMS, V. 10, N. 3, P. 155.

  • Deposit

    1952 GEOLMAP BATEMAN, MAPS, REPORT

  • Deposit

    COOPER, J. R., 1962, BISMUTH OF U.S.: USGS MR - 2

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit DESCRIPTION ABOVE IS FOR NORTH ORE BODY. SOUTH OREBODY: 400 FT LONG, 400 FT WIDE, AND 60 FT THICK.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-MAY-74 Elliott, James E. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 01-AUG-81 Zigler, Jan L. U.S. Geological Survey HOST ROCK CHECKED. CLEANED UP UNIT NAME. AGE OF MINERALIZATION CHANGED FROM JUR TO CRET. ASSOCIATED ROCK TYPE
Editor 04-OCT-91 Mosier, Dan U.S. Geological Survey AND AGE CHECKED.
Editor 09-JUN-95 Mosier, Dan U.S. Geological Survey PARSED HOST ROCK AND ASSOCIATED ROCK INFORMATION FROM OLD SINGLE VALUED FIELD TO NEW MULTIVALUED FIELD
Reporter 01-NOV-75 Miller, M. H. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 29-NOV-10 Causey, J. Douglas U.S. Geological Survey Added data from 2 old MAS records where mine and mill were combined and coded as plant and one duplicate MRDS record. MRDS MAS records are Dep_ID 10236233 and 10188014
Reporter 24-SEP-96 Wetzel, Nicholas U.S. Bureau of Mines