Copper Canyon Placers

Producer in Lander county in Nevada, United States with commodities Gold, Silver

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10044004
MRDS ID M231318
Record type Site
Current site name Copper Canyon Placers
Alternate or previous names Claims: Annex, Big Nugget, Comet, Homestake, Guy Davis, Estes, Gold Grown, Oversite Oversight, Sunrise Fraction.
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Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -117.13095, 40.53101 (WGS84)
Elevation 1829
Relative position 12 MILES SW OF TOWN OF BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NV.
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Nevada Lander

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Mount Diablo 031N 043E 33,28,21 Nevada

Comments on the location information

  • 1 1/3 MILES UP FROM MOUTH OF COPPER CANYON; PREVIOUS QUAD DESIGNATION = WINNEMUCCA (1971) 1:250000

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Silver Secondary

Comments on the commodity information

  • GOLD-COARSE AND ANGULAR, OFTEN CONTAINING INCLUSIONS OF QUARTZ AND ROCK.

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 119
USGS model code 39a
BC deposit profile C01. C02
Deposit model name Placer Au-PGE
Mark3 model number 54

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Gravel
    Rock unit name Unknown
    Rock description Unknown
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Holocene
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Holocene

Nearby scientific data

(1) -117.13095, 40.53101

Ore body information

  • General form BLANKET, CHANNELS
    Thickness 1.37M
    Width 9.14M

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Main Channel; Some Work On Benches

Comments on the geologic information

  • PRINCIPAL PLACER CHANNEL WAS 8-10 FT. WIDE AT "THE NARROWS" AT 5500 FT ELEVATION AND IT WIDENED UPSTREAM TO 25-30 FT AT THE SITE OF THE COPPER CANYON MINE CAMP (B.M.5562) AND THEN GRADUALLY NARROWED AGAIN. THE PAY CHANNEL WAS AS MUCH AS 4 1/2 FT. THICK, CONSISTING OF A BASAL GRAVEL LAYER 18 INCHES THICK OF QTZ MONZONITE PORPHYRY BOULDERS AND A LITTLE GOLD, OVERLAIN BY A 3 FT-THICK GOLD-BEARING LAYER OF SEDIMENTS DERIVED FROM THE QUARTZITE AND HORNFELS OF THE HARMONY AND BATTLE FORMATIONS.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1909
Discoverer Guy Davis
Discovery method Ore-Mineral Not In Place
Production years 1909-1911; 1920'S-1930'S; 1988-PRESENT (12/92)

Mining district

District name Battle Mountain

Land status

Ownership category Private

Ownership information

  • Type Operator
    Owner Battle Mountain Gold Co.

Comments on the production information

  • 1913-1938 FIGURES REPRESENT PRODUCTION FOR ALL COPPER CANYON PLACER CLAIMS.

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • 1987-1989 FIGURES REPRESENT PROVEN AND PROBABLE RESERVES AS OF 12/31 OF EACH YEAR.

Comments on development

  • GUY DAVIS MADE THE FIRST PLACER DISCOVERY IN COPPER CANYON IN 1909. PLACER OPERATIONS WERE CARRIED FROM THE MOUTH OF COPPER CANYON UPSTREAM ABOUT 1 1/3 MILES. THE MANY CLAIMS IN THIS VALLEY ARE TREATED COLLECTIVELY. MOST PRODUCTIVE PERIODS OF PLACER ACTIVITY HERE WERE 1909-11, 1920'S, AND 1930'S. NONE OF THESE CLAIMS WAS BEING WORKED IN 1955. DURING 1987, BATTLE MOUNTAIN GOLD CO. CARRIED OUT A PILOT-SCALE TESTING PROGRAM TO EVALUATE THE FEASIBILITY OF A PLACER OPERATION ON THE KNOWN AU RESOURCE. BATTLE MOUNTAIN GOLD CO. STARTED UP PRODUCTION IN LATE 1988. PERSISTENT MATERIALS HANDLING PROBLEMS HINDERED OPERATIONS AND AU PRODUCTION IN 1989 WAS MINIMAL. THE PRODUCTION TARGET FOR 1990 IS 10,000 OZ. AU.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M231318

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    ROBERTS, R.J., AND ARNOLD, D.C., 1965, ORE DEPOSITS OF THE ANTLER PEAK QUADRANGLE, HUMBOLDT AND LANDER COUNTIES, NEVADA: U.S.G.S. PROF PAPER 459-B.

  • Deposit

    JOHNSON, M.G., 1973, PLACER GOLD DEPOSITS OF NEVADA, USGS BULL. 1356.

  • Deposit

    BATTLE MOUNTAIN GOLD CO., 1988, ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1987.

  • Deposit

    BATTLE MOUNTAIN GOLD CO., 1990, ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1989.

  • Production

    1913-1938 FIGURES: JOHNSON, M.G., 1973, PLACER GOLD DEPOSITS OF NEVADA, USGS BULL. 1356.

  • Reserve-Resource

    1987-1989 FIGURES: BATTLE MOUNTAIN GOLD CO., 1990, ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1989.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit MAIN CHANNEL CONSISTED OF AN 18-INCH THICK BASAL GRAVEL LAYER OVERLAIN BY A 3-FT. THICK GOLD-BEARING LAYER OF SEDIMENTS.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-DEC-1980 La Pointe, D.D. Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Updater 01-DEC-1992 Phinisey, J. D. (Marcus, S.) U.S. Geological Survey