Butte Valley

Porphyry copper prospect in Nevada, United States

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 41
Tract name Great Basin Tertiary (003pCu9013)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country United States
State or province Nevada
Geographic location -115.15, 39.8
Geologic map unit -115.15, 39.8
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Minerals alunite, chalcopyrite, goethite, hematite, magnetite, jarosite, kaolinite, molybdenite, pyrite
Associated rocks hornfels, quartz monzonite porphyry, skarn, basalt, fanglomerate, limestone, rhyolite porphyry, sandstone, shale
Tectonic setting postconvergence

Commodity and development information

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

Reference information

Comments Covered. Reported up to 0.09% Cu, 0.18% Mo, 2% Pb, and 2.4 g/t Au. Discovered 1960s by drilling magnetic anomaly. Beneath 2,000 ft of gravels and a gravity slide, 17 holes drilled in 1980s. Multiple targets, include skarn.
Study area name United States
References Branham and Brown (2001); Welsh and Miller (1990); Wendt and Albino (1992); Quaterra Resources Inc. (2014); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference U.S. Geological Survey National Mineral Resource Assessment Team (2002)
Branham, A., and Brown, S., 2001, Tertiary slideblocks—Butte Valley copper gold porphyry, Cherry Creek Range, White Pine Co., Nevada, in Shaddrick, D.R., Zbinden, E., Mathewson, D.C., eds., Regional tectonics and structural control of ore—The major gold trends of northern Nevada: Reno, Geological Society of Nevada Special Publication 33, p. 335–340.
Quaterra Resources Inc., 2014, Butte Valley copper prospect: Quateraa Resources Inc. Web page, accessed January 30, 2014, at http://quaterra.com/projects/butte_valley/.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/.
Welsh, J.E., and Miller, R.D., 1990, Butte Valley porphyry system, White Pine County, Nevada [abs.]: Geological Society of Nevada Great Basin Symposium, Reno/Sparks, Nev., April 1–5, 1990 [Program with Abstracts], p. 113.
Wendt, C.J., and Albino, G.V., 1992, Porphyry copper and related occurrences in Nevada: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Map 100, 8 p. and 1 plate.