Elder Creek

Porphyry copper prospect in Nevada, United States

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 32
Tract name Great Basin Tertiary (003pCu9013)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country United States
State or province Nevada
Geographic location -117.083333333, 40.6875
Geologic map unit -117.083333333, 40.6875
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 38Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 38 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals biotite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite
Associated rocks granodiorite porphyry, hornfels, monzogranite porphyry, quartzite, sandstone, shale, siltstone
Tectonic setting postconvergence
Stratigraphic age Eocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Occurrence
Major commodities Cu
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Study area name United States
References Doebrich and Theodore (1996); Theodore (1996); Theodore and others (1973); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference U.S. Geological Survey National Mineral Resource Assessment Team (2002)
Doebrich, J.L., and Theodore, T.G., 1996, Geologic history of the Battle Mountain mining district, Nevada, and regional controls on the distribution of mineral systems, in Coyner, A.R., and Fahey, P.L., eds., Geology and ore deposits of the American Cordillera: Geological Society of Nevada Symposium, Reno/Sparks, Nev., April 10–13, 1995 [Proceedings], v. 1, p. 453–483.
Singer, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C., 2008, Porphyry copper deposits of the world—Database and grade and tonnage models, 2008: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155, [45] p. and digital data, accessed December 31, 2013, at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1155/.
Theodore, T.G., 1996, Geology and implications of silver/gold ratios of the Elder Creek porphyry copper system, Battle Mountain mining district, Nevada, in Coyner, A.R., and Fahey, P.L., eds., Geology and ore deposits of the American Cordillera: Geological Society of Nevada Symposium, Reno/Sparks, Nev., April 10–13, 1995 [Proceedings], v. 3, p. 1557–1571.
Theodore, T.G., Silberman, M.L., and Blake, D.W., 1973, Geochemistry and potassium-argon ages of plutonic rocks in the Battle Mountain mining district, Lander County, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 798–A, 24 p. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/0798a/report.pdf.)