Whale Mine

Past Producer in Clark county in Nevada, United States with commodities Zinc, Lead, Silver, Molybdenum, Vanadium

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10103546
MRDS ID M030074
Record type Site
Current site name Whale Mine
Related records 10173921

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -115.5289, 35.80833 (WGS84)
Elevation 1219
Relative position 6 MILES WEST OF GOODSPRINGS
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Nevada Clark

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
025S 058E 06 Nevada

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Zinc Primary
Lead Secondary
Silver Secondary
Molybdenum Tertiary
Vanadium Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Aurichalcite Ore
Calamine Ore
Chrysocolla Ore
Galena Ore
Hydrozincite Ore
Wulfenite Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 72
USGS model code 19a
Deposit model name Polymetallic replacement
Mark3 model number 47

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Limestone
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Mississippian

Nearby scientific data

(1) -115.5289, 35.80833

Geologic structures

Type of structure Regional
Structure description Large Scale Overthrusts

Ore body information

  • Strike N 65 E
    Dip 65 SE

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Breccia Zone

Comments on the geologic information

  • CALAMINE REPLACES DOLOMITIZED ANCHOR LIMESTONE BRECCIA NEAR CHERT LAYERS

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No

Mining district

District name Goodsprings

Land status

Ownership category Private

Ownership information

  • Type Owner
    Owner Frank Miller

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Underground
    Length 121.92M
    Overall depth 22.86M

Comments on the workings information

  • UPPER SHAFT HAD CHEIFLY HYDROZINCITE; THE LOWER TUNNEL HAD ONLY CALAMINE. EASTERN PART OF THE WHALE GROUP HAS 12 SHORT TUNNELS AND SHAFTS, ONE SHAFT IS 60 FT. DEEP EXPLORING CUPRODESCLOIZITE VEINS BUT NO RECORDED PRODUCTION FROM THERE.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M030074

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    HEWETT, 1931 , GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF GOODSPRINGS QUAD., USGS PROF. PAPER 162 , P. 145 - 146 .

  • Deposit

    LONGWELL, C. R., PAMPEYAN, E. H., BOWYER, B., ROBERTS, R. J., 1965 , GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF CLARK COUNTY NEV. BUREAU OF MINES BULL. 62 , P. 186 .

  • Deposit

    SCHILLING, 1962 B, MOLYBDENUM IN NEVADA, NEV. BUREAU OF MINES, REPORT 2 .

  • Production

    HEWETT, 1931 , LONGWELL, ETAL, 1965

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit LATEST PRODUCTION 1943 ; WHALE MINE IS A GROUP OF SEVEN CLAIMS; REMAINING ORE IS LOW GRADE IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE GROUP BUT IF VANACLATES CAN BE PROFITABLY RECOVERED BY MILLING LOW GRADE MATERIAL THEN THE GROUP MAY DESERVE SOME ATTENTION ( HEWETT, 1931 ) ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-AUG-1973 Fischer, Richard P. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 01-MAR-1979 Harner, Joy L. (Roberts, Ralph J.) U.S. Geological Survey