Pittsburgh Deposit

Occurrence in Piute county in Utah, United States with commodities Aluminum, Potassium

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10009235
MRDS ID D001999
Record type Site
Current site name Pittsburgh Deposit

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -112.27439, 38.50691 (WGS84)
Relative position 4.7 MI. NW OF MARYSVALE
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Utah Piute

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Salt Lake 026S 004W 29,30 Utah

Comments on the location information

  • N AND W OF THE MOUTH OF DEER CREEK CANYON. SW OF ANTELOPE RANGE

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Aluminum Primary
Potassium Primary

Comments on the commodity information

  • PROJECT 9350 - 01393 ALUNITE RESOURCES

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Natroalunite Ore
Gypsum Gangue
Jarosite Gangue
Montmorillonite Gangue
Pyrite Gangue

Analytical data

Result 5 ANALYSES RANGE FROM 22.0 % TO 70.5 % ALUNITE

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic)
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Oligocene
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic)
    Rock unit name Bullion Canyon Volcanics
    Rock description Bullion Canyon Volcanics

Nearby scientific data

(1) -112.27439, 38.50691

Geologic structures

Type of structure Local
Structure description Callaghan ( 1938 ) States, "Alunite-Containing Beds Of Altered Volcanic Rocks Are Inclined Southward Against A Fault Trending West."

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR
    Thickness 60.96M
    Width 60.96M
    Length 1219.2M

Comments on the geologic information

  • LOCAL ALUNITIC ZONES ARE HIGH GRADE BUT SMALL AND SPOTTILY DISTRIBUTED.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Both metallic and non-metallic
Deposit size Large
Significant No
Discovery year 1915
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place

Mining district

District name Marysvale Region/Gold Mt. District

Land status

Ownership category Private

Ownership information

  • Type Owner-Operator
    Owner Pittsburgh - Utah Potash Co.

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • THOENEN (1941) QUOTES UNPUB EST BY CALLAGHAN

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Length 12.19M
    Overall length 18.29M

Comments on the workings information

  • "SHALLOW PITS AND SOME SHORT TUNNELS" (CALLAGHAN, 1938, P. 126)

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS D001999

Bibliographic references

  • Analytical Data

    SRC.REF: THOENEN, J. R., 1941 , USBM R. I. 3561 , P. 29 .

  • Deposit

    CALLAGHAN, E., 1938 , PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE ALUNITE DEPOSITS OF THE MARYSVALE REGION, UTAH: USGS BULL. 886 -D, P. 126 - 127 .

  • Deposit

    CALLAGHAN, E., 1973 , MINERAL RESOURCE POTENTIAL OF PIUTE COUNTY, UTAH AND ADJOINING AREA: UTAH GEOL. AND MINERALOG. SURVEY BULL. 102 , P. 85 - 86 .

  • Deposit

    KERR, P. F., AND OTHERS, 1957 , MARYSVALE, UTAH, URANIUM AREA: GEOL. SOC. AMERICA SPEC. PAPER 64 , 212 P.

  • Deposit

    THOENEN, J. R., 1941 , ALUNITE RESOURCES OF THE UNITED STATES: USBM REPT. INV. 3561 , P. 29 , 38 .

  • Deposit

    1938 GEOLMAP E. CALLAGHAN - V. C. KELLEY: UTAH GEOL. AND MINEROLOG. SURVEY BULL. 102 , PL. 14

  • Deposit

    WW1 DIREXPL UNKNOWN: TUNNEL

  • Deposit

    1957 GEOLMAP P. F. KERR AND OTHERS: GEOL. SOC. AMERICA SPEC. PAPER 64 .

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Discovery Year: WW1
Deposit CALLAGHAN ( 1973 ) SAYS, "SOME HIGH-GRADE NATROALUNITE AND ALUNITE IS RESTRICTED TO VEIN-LIKE LENSES 10 FT OR LESS IN WIDTH AND OF LIMITED CONTINUITY."

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-JAN-1975 Hall, Robert B. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 01-JUL-1978 Starritt, Bruce C. U.S. Geological Survey