Little Giant Mine

Past Producer in Lander county in Nevada, United States with commodities Gold, Silver, Copper, Antimony, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10044032
MRDS ID M231350
Record type Site
Current site name Little Giant Mine
Alternate or previous names Silver Leaf Group Claims

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -117.07594, 40.60712 (WGS84)
Elevation 1920
Relative position 13 MILES SW OF TOWN OF BATTLE MOUNTAIN
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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 032N;032N 043E;044E 36;;31 Nevada

Comments on the location information

  • BETWEEN IRISH ROSE AND BUCKINGHAM MINES

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Silver Primary
Copper Secondary
Antimony Tertiary
Zinc Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Galena Ore
Jarosite Ore
Polybasite Ore
Pyrargyrite Ore
Pyrite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Tetrahedrite Ore
Quartz Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Strong Sericitic, Pyritic, Propylitic, Phyllic Alteration Of The Granite Porphyry, Increasing In Intesity Toward Veins.

Analytical data

Result RICH ORE UP TO 150 OZ. AG PER TON. ORE MILLED SINCE 1903 VARIES IN GRADE FROM 14 TO 167 OZ AZ/TON AND UP TO 0.5 OZ/TON AU, AND 7% PB

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 85
USGS model code 22c
Deposit model name Polymetallic veins
Mark3 model number 46

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Granite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Cambrian
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Hornfels
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Shale
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Sandstone
    Rock unit name Harmony Formation
    Rock description Harmony Formation

Nearby scientific data

(1) -117.07594, 40.60712

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Regional Thrust Faults
Local Nw-Trending Faults

Ore body information

  • General form TABULAR
    Strike N30-60W
    Dip MOD.-SW

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Fractures, Shears, Crushed Zones

Comments on the geologic information

  • LITTLE GIANT VEIN CUTS BOTH QUARTZITE AND PORPHYRY. ORE IN 1912 WAS MOSTLY STRONGLY OXIDIZED PYRITE IS DISSEMINATED THROUGHOUT COUNTRY ROCK IN PLACES, CUT BY LATER PYRITE VEINLETS CUT BY LATER VEINS OF SECONDARY SILVER SULPHIDES

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1867
Year of first production <1869

Mining district

District name Battle Mountain District

Land status

Ownership category BLM Administrative Area

Comments on the production information

  • RECORDS OF EARLY PRODUCTION 1860'S TO 1905) ARE FRAGMENTARY, BUT ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT $500,000. WORTH.

Comments on development

  • THIS WAS THE FIRST STEADY PRODUCER IN THE DISTRICT, AND THE PRINCIPAL MINE IN 1870. PRODUCTION CONTINUED HERE EVEN THROUGH THE LATE 1880'S WHEN MOST OTHER MINES IN THE DISTRICT SHUT DOWN. ORE WAS TREATED IN A MILL 1/2 MILE NORTH OF THE WORKINGS, ORIGINALLY EQUIPPED WITH 5 STAMPS, AND LATER WITH 10. RECORDS OF EARLY PRODUCTION (1860'S-1905) ARE FRAGMENTARY, BUT ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN ABOUT $500,000 WORTH.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M231350

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    STEWART, J.H., MCKEE, E.H., AND STAGER, H.K., 1977, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF LANDER COUNTY NEVADA; NEV. BUREAU OF MINES. BULL 88

  • Deposit

    HILL, J.M., 1915, SOME MINING DISTRICTS IN NE. CALIF AND NW NEVADA; U.S.G.S. BULL 594

  • 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. BULL. 459-B

  • Production

    ROBERTS, R.J. AND ARNOLD, D.C., 1965

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit FIRST PROSPECTED IN 1867. PRODUCTION TO JULY 1,1869 WAS ABOUT $70,000 TOTAL. THIS WAS THE FIRST STEADY PRODUCER IN THE DISTRICT, AND THE PRINCIPAL MINE IN 1870. PRODUCTION CONTINUED HERE, ON A SMALL SCALE EVEN THROUGH THE LATE 1880'S WHEN MOST OTHER DISTRICT MINES WERE SHUT DOWN. ORE WAS TREATED IN A MILL 1/2 MILE N. OF THE WORKINGS, ORIG. EQUIPPED WITH 5 STAMPS AND LATER WITH 10 RECORDS OF EARLY PRODUCTION (1860'S TO 1905) IS FRAGMENTARY, BUT IT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT $500,000. WORTH ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-DEC-1980 La Pointe, D.D. Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology