White Horse Deposit

Past Producer in Piute county in Utah, United States with commodities Aluminum, Potassium, Kaolin

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10009248
MRDS ID D002016
Record type Site
Current site name White Horse Deposit

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -112.19272, 38.47414 (WGS84)
Elevation 1951
Relative position 2.7 MI NE 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 027S 003W 10 Utah

Comments on the location information

  • LOW HILLS TO THE SOUTH OF THE ANTELOPE RANGE

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Aluminum Primary
Potassium Secondary
Kaolin Secondary

Comments on the commodity information

  • PROJECT 9350 - 01393 ALUNITE RESOURCES

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Alunite Ore
Kaolinite Ore
Hematite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Alunitization, Kaolinization

Analytical data

Result 5 ANALYSES RANGE FROM 50.4 % TO 60.7 % ALUNITE

Host and associated rocks

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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -112.19272, 38.47414

Ore body information

  • General form CANOE-SHAPED LENSES ( 3 MAIN BODIES )
    Strike N 10 DEG W
    Dip E
    Thickness 30.48M
    Plunge S
    Width 48.77M
    Length 225.55M

Comments on the geologic information

  • ORE BODIES ARE CANOE - SHAPED LENSES CONTROLLED BY SYNCLINAL FOLDING IN LATITE FLOW

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Both metallic and non-metallic
Deposit size Large
Significant No
Discovery year 1915
Discoverer E. G. Nelson (?)
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place
Year of first production 1942

Mining district

District name Marysvale Region/Henry District

Land status

Ownership category Private

Ownership information

  • Type Operator
    Owner Kalunite, Inc.
  • Type Owner
    Owner Empico Alunite Co.

Comments on the production information

  • 12,000 ST TREATED IN KALUNITE, INC. PLANT IN SALT LAKE CITY IN WW2

Reserves and resources

  • Type In-situ
    Estimate year 1941
    Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
    Aluminum Al 54 wt-pct Aluminum Major 1941

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • ORE BODIES TERMINATE AT SHALLOW DEPTH (200 FT MAX) AND ARE SURROUNDED BY KAOLINITIC ENVELOPES

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Length 502.92M

Comments on the workings information

  • WORKINGS CONSIST OF 2 SHORT ADITS AND PITS AND SEVERAL QUARRIES OF VARYING SIZE

Comments on development

  • IN 1943 , THE USBM DRILLED 14 HOLES TOTALING 3522 FT IN LENGTH

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS D002016

Bibliographic references

  • Analytical Data

    SRC.REF: CALLAGHAN, E., 1973 , UTAH GEOL. AND MINERALOG. SURVEY BULL. 102 , P. 92 .

  • Deposit

    CALLAGHAN, E., 1938 , PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE ALUNITE DEPOSITS OF THE MARYSVALE REGION, UTAH: USGS BULL. 886 - D, P. 130

  • Deposit

    CALLAGHAN, E., 1973 , MINERAL RESOURCE POTENTIAL OF PIUTE COUNTY, UTAH AND ADJOINING AREA: UTAH GEOL. AND MINERALOG. SURVEY BULL. 102 , P. 89 - 92

  • Deposit

    HILD, J. H., 1946 , EXPLORATION OF ALUNITE DEPOSITS, MARYSVALE, PIUTE COUNTY, UTAH: USBM REPT. INV. 3972 , P. 12 - 13

  • Deposit

    KERR, P. F., AND OTHERS, 1957 , MARYSVALE, UTAH, URANIUM AREA: GEOL. SOC. AMERICA SPEC. PAPER 64 , P. 81 , 191 - 193

  • Deposit

    5) THOENEN, J. R., 1941 , ALUNITE RESOURCES OF THE UNITED STATES: USBM REPT. INV. 3561 , P. 31 - 32

  • Deposit

    6) WILLARD, M. E., AND PROCTOR, P. D., 1946 , WHITE HORSE ALUNITE DEPOSIT, MARYSVALE, UTAH: ECON. GEOLOGY, V. 41 , NO. 6 , P. 619 - 643

  • Deposit

    1938 GEOLMAP E. CALLAGHAN: UTAH GEOL. AND MINERALOG. SURVEY BULL. 102

  • Deposit

    WW1 DIREXPL KALUNITE, INC.: QUARRIES

  • Deposit

    1942 GEOLMAP M. E. WILLARD AND P. D. PROCTOR: ECON. GEOLOGY, V. 41 , NO. 6

  • Deposit

    1943 DIREXPL USBM: REPT. INV. 3972

  • Production

    CALLAGHAN, E., 1973 , UTAH GEOL. AND MINERALOG. SURVEY BULL. 102 , P. 89

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Discovery Year: WW1
Deposit THE DEPOSIT SIZE DATA GIVEN ARE ONLY FOR THE LARGEST OF 3 MAIN LENTICULAR ORE BODIES. ANOTHER IS 670 FT LONG, 180 FT WIDE, 100 FT DEEP. THE THIRD IS 400 FT LONG, AND 100 FT WIDE. IN ADDITION THERE ARE AT LEAST 2 OTHER FAIRLY LARGE LENSES PRESENT. ACCORDING TO CALLAGHAN ( 1973 ) THESE ORE BODIES CONTAIN 50 % ALUNITE AND SEEM MORE FAVORABLE THAN ANY TO TEST THE KALUNITE PROCESS FOR ALUMINA RECOVERY

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-DEC-1974 Hall, Robert B. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 01-AUG-1978 Starritt, Bruce C. U.S. Geological Survey