The property is easily accessible by taking the road to Alkali from Goldfield and then following a minor dirt road south to the property. The terrain consists of fairly rugged desert hills blanketed with sagebrush and Joshua trees.
The rocks in the area consist mainly of cherts, shales, and limestone of the Poleto Formation (Lower Cambrian). A granite intrusion of undetermined size lies immediately north of the ore deposits. Several dikes outcrop in the area. Most of them were felsic in nature, but several mafic dikes were also noted. Most of the Poleto Formation rocks on the property are a grayish-black calcerous shale. Numerous faults transect the area.
The ore bodies on the Golden Ochre group of claims consist of quartz veins containing precious metals and ranging in thickness from 6 inches to 5 feet wide. The five feet thick wide quartz vein containing precious metals run in these claims (#12, #13, #14, #15, #16).
Faulting is the major structural control on the quartz veins since the veins are fissure filings within these faults. There are two type of veins: 1) East-west trending and North-South trending veins. These quartz veins are primarily hosted in shales and cherts of the Poleto Formation. The ore values are mostly in gold, silver, and copper. Some of the ore minerals that were noted include malachite, azurite, chrysocolla, manganese oxides, limonite and chalcopyrite, galena, and pyrite. Most of the near surface ore is oxidized. The ore becomes less oxidized at depth. In the oxidized zone, the silver occurs primarily as silver chloride and copper as azurite and malachite. At depth, in the unoxidized zone, the silver occurs as argentine and copper in the form of chalcocite. As a result of supergene enrichment, silver and copper values are higher in the oxidized zone. Gold values occur throughout the oxidized and unoxidized zones as a native metal.
Numerous ore samples were taken along all the major veins. These samples were tested for gold, silver, and copper. All of the samples taken contained metal values. Based upon this sampling, the veins sampled contain indicated reserves of 42,000 tons containing an average of .41 ounces of gold, 5 ounces of silver and .5% copper per ton. These indicated reserves contain 17,720 ounces of gold, 210,000 ounces of silver and 420,000 pounds of copper.
* Excerpts from the 1997 Geological Report of these Golden Ochre claims prepared by Christopher H. Rose, Economic Geologist, B.S. Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno.
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