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Sheeprock Mtns Pages from USGS PP-111

Sheeprock Mtns Pages from USGS PP-111

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The production figures, history and geology of the Sheeprock Mtns, from USGS Prof Paper 111, Ore Deposits of Utah. These mines were sealed-filled when the DOGM closed the "Vernon-Sheeprocks" AMl Project in connection with the USFS EA by the same name.
The production figures, history and geology of the Sheeprock Mtns, from USGS Prof Paper 111, Ore Deposits of Utah. These mines were sealed-filled when the DOGM closed the "Vernon-Sheeprocks" AMl Project in connection with the USFS EA by the same name.

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SH
E.~
pnO
GK
?I
OU
NTAINS.
423
ce
nt l
end,
the
higher
grade.
cu
rrying
5
to 6oxidntionproduetso( thesesulphidt'S ingunrrues
OU'
lces
ofsilver.A
little
goldhas
1160
becuof
tI
I'tI.'" o
~ m
.
e,
C.l
c
it
e,
nnd minorquartz.
Th
r-ir
reported.1'ho .ni.nehilSbeenworked
int
er-
USllnl
silver
co
nte
nt
averuges 3
to
5
o
un
ces,
but
.
lIlitt-ently
und
has
shipped
o
nly
aoo
ut
15
enr-
ill
sO~le
depositsrisesto
10
OU
II
Ct'S
pc.r ton
..
l
on
ds
oC
ore
in
more th"l120years. Kozine
The
~'ze5
undshapesoftho orebodies vury
IIC
hRS
been found.
eOl'd
ll;gto
co
nditions; some
stmag
fiSSlll'l'S
Al'broa
.
lh
minc
.-
The
Arbl'Ouths
hoft
is
abo
ut
contlllllcontllluoU5veins,
ulllI
somope
l'm
eab
lo
nu
eig
hth
of a mile
nOI't.h
of
the
Ye
lJ
owston
e,
beds of
PUl'O
limest
ono
:11'0
rnlhO
'
cxto
Il.,;j,
'e
lyi.n
11
low
spur
wl~l
c
h
se
plt~ntea
tho
south
fork
i'(
,p
laccd;
but
nl'gillaccous
unci
dol
om
iticbeds
(rolll
the u
orth
lo
rk
of
1:
cUowstolJeC,myon.
hl1ve
yieldedonlysmall bodies ofhigh-gl'llde
Tbo
millennlon
tho
dnmp
shows t
he
mmerl1li-1Ore ilnd
IL
fm,"
moro ,,,,to'L,i,,,;bodiesofmilling ,utiontobe of
the
sllme
type
us
that
of
the
01'1).
Y
ellu
wstone
mine
.
'fhe
OJ'e
found
during
I
'l
'h
o
01'0
bodies
of
the
Cllllyon
Rnllrt
o
nro
no
assessmentworkis reporte
rl
tobeoftwo
oxc
.cpt.iontot.his rule.
Th~o
lllin
cd\","o
I'e
gro
des
,
t.he highe
l'
currying
76 pel'
cent
lend
"lur
ed dolom
it.ie
limesl.oao lwds
.I
ULlO'
their
~
nd
!l
oun
ce
sofsilver
and the
lower
10
to
11
iutel':;ect.ions with
ll..
I'!'OW
nSS\ll'es
IIn
l
llll:
smull
per
centl
en
do
ll
d
1
oun
c,e
of silver.Onlyuorof lowgn"l". Thohighor
-b'Tude
01'0
bodil
>;;
.
mnll
qunnti
ty
oforeh
ilS
beenfound tI,us fn
r.
mnybemin
ed
nt
ilO
g
l'
cntexpense,
but
tho
Wood
C'a
.nyon
yroul'.-Tho
'''
ood
Conyon cost
oC
pr
os
pecting fllr newbodit
·s
"ft
cr
old
gr
o
up
"f
claimsis on
the
nort.hsidoofWoodoneshuvobecomeexhllllstcdislil,ely
to
cqunl
Cllll}'o
nand includes
the upp
er
mo
st bedsof
th
e
or
exceed the
net
recoipts from
me
s"les.
limestone
formotion.
The
min
era
lized
out-
Smull
co
ppl
'r
prospectsfound ne
nl'
thelend
erop
is
It
brown,
rust-stn
ined dolomiticbed,antizillemin
es
in
sonIC
(If
(,],0
di
st.
ricts
Illlnwcl
c.o
nt
!liningn
large
nmoll
ilt
of
ferruginous
dolo-
fire
qlll~l'tz
VOilL'J
('ontlli.lling
ehnlcopyrite
and
mito
"pn
.
r,
white
WhOI'D
fresh
lind brownwhere.pyritoor Uwiroxid".ti
o)l
prod:wts
III
HI lire
",
enthored,
thr
ough
which
nrcscuttercrl groins
eo
nfinedtothesiliceolls roeks--'lunrtzite,
(I
f galenuund
yo
Il
o,,;sh
-brown
zincblende.schist,
01'
grnnit
e.
Thecopper prospcd8 of
The
st
.oi
n
ed
mck
is
close
ly
ussociatcd with two thoCallyonRungemay,
f"om
the
1l101lgc
.r
fi,mres
, ouet.rending n
ort
h !tnrl
th
e
other
S.kn
ow
ledge
Iw
uilubl
e,
be
cl
"ssedwith
t.his
type.
55'
E
.,
bolhofwhose
outcro
psnre marked by ACewveinsiute
l'l11eliiuto
in
eompositioll be
,h
aJl
o,,'g
ul
ches.tweentbese
li
nd the leatlandzinc dcpcsitshllvo
COPPER PROSPECTS.
b
ee
n found,8ugg
('Sti
ll
g
that,
t.he
two
t.yP(\S
Wt)rO
de
ri
ved
ft'om
II
com
mo
nso
urce.
NOllU
of
til
('Sc
copper-bellringveinslIppcllrtohaveyielded stea
dy
shipmonts of ore.
SHEEPROCKMOUNT.UNS.
By
r..
F.
LoUOHLIN
.
,\.
s
mall
coppcrpros
pect
ill qU!lltzite on
U
l~
lo
w ridge
just
north
of
the mouth
of Fool
Cl'eck
conyonconsists
of
minerlllizoo white
,ei"
quartz
with numerous fmctures
sttlinedby
61ms
ofgreen
and
blue
copper
curbouat.es,
and
eontniningsmall
spots
llnd
potches
of rlnrk-
brown
ironoxirlc ev
idently
dcriverl t.hrough
GENERAL FEATURES
.
oxidati
on
of
pyr
ite
l1url
chnleopyrite.
Other Th
eSlwepr
oc
k
~[ount
.lLi
n
g
(lig.
40
)form
COpper
andleadprospects
hu.e
beenreportedanArrow mngc
"bout
20
n~il
"s
loug
0
thli~
along
Dry
Canyon,
south
of
Oak
Creek. trendsn
ort
hwestncrosslouglt.ude
112
30
I
W.Illidlntit.ude
40
0
N.Theyliebetween
the
COIIPAIUSOI<
WITH
ORES
OF OTHER DISTRICTS
.
I
SimpsonMountaills ontho westund tho
West
Tho
l
entl
nndle.td-zincores ofthoConyon
I
TinticMountains on the
Cllst
·,uno form
11.
Range
lir
e s
imi},,1'
in
minel'fllogyu
nd
mode
of
southwlll'rlcontinunt.ionof the
On
nq
ui
Rllnge,
oecu~~nce
t.o
certu
in
ores
in the
Noith
Tinti
c,
separ
atedfrom
it
hy
ulow
pliSS
w
est
of
FI1US~S.
E~
Imt
lC,
Suntaquin, und
Mo
unt
Ne
bo
<li
s-Mini.ng
di
st
ri
cts
in
t.ho
range
nro
the
Colllmbll1.,
tntt..Theoresof thesedist.ric
ts
lire,
118
Ii
rul
e,thoeastern
pm-t
of
t
.
h~
Erickson,the
Bille
~ther
remote
fr
om impOI'
tnnt
bodiesof
intru
-Bell
s,IIlld
thoWest
Tinti
c. .
SiVa
tgncousr
oc
klindcons
ist
essent.inlly ofTho
highC'St
summits ofthe runger'se
7,000
galen.,
zill
cblendo
and
Illore
or
less
p~ite
or
feet nndmore
Il.bo,'e
sell.
lo
vel.
Both th
ooust
I
,
..
'
,
 
,
424
DUE
DEPOSITS
OF
U
TAFI.
d tIno
oonoec
i
but
thew
est
-r
~
r
udcs.
mergingwit.h
out
hrenks
int
otheallu-
un
wcs
S
Opl'S
arepro
u..J,A.
I
0.
'.'.
tl
't
'nyolls
cut
boththevlnlslopeswhich
fnn
go
1]10
nll
:ge.
e
l'll
nrc
Ie
s cepe
I'.
u
.
we
st
lInfl cust,
bll
ses of
the
l'tlngewell backto-:
Mlw
)'
of Ihe c
aJl
yons
COI.lI:lUl
l'lllllUng
WIl
ie
r,
wllcd
the
middle,Irnving rut.her a n'"Tow:
,mel
the
bott
oms
oft,
ho
so
In
Ih~
llorthern
hn
lf
sinuous
c)'('St
line,
Th
osein and nenrthogrun-:oftheronge
or
ecoveredw,
lh
n
rath
erthic;'
ite stock
on
the west
slope
(pI.
XII,
B,
1'.101)
,
tr~e
grow~
,
h
,
in
m"rk
ed con
trust
t~
thoser:'ilire
di
stin
c
tly
"h
anging"
in
churacter.'They
nnd
IIllu"ltllslopes
IInel
'Tlilcys
~nto
wlu
<,
hmllintllin
br
o"d
V-
shllJledcrosssectioJls"Jld
they
empty.
Although
the
mountmDSnl'O
well
uniformgonlly grudedbo
ttoms throughout
.watored,e,Q,n
tholurgcr
slrcu~,s
ChgUPPC8r
most
of
th
eir C
OUffies
,
but
nl
'U
)'
their
mouths
I
cry
nearthcll·
cunyon
mouth
s.Theseslrmms
LEGE:ND
Sf:D'ME
N T
A~'"
AOCKS
,Ea
Allvvium
~
C Q " b o n
~
upper
Mi
Mis$
i
pp'an)
quartz-
ite
w,th
Int.e
rcala
ted
II
m
~tone
beds,
1$
':
...
~
'::.
ill
"
'
''
.
.:
.
....
-
Ytrttbrianquarhit,.e'
m-.:::l
,.
tmr:::J
p'
re-
Cumbrj"'I"I1'
q~rtl
i
te
::.e
ri
e
::.
'IGNC.OU:; ROCKS
'
~
Grano
jiorite
PC!
rphyry
end
m
o
n~onr
t
<:
I
,'IOU,
I
);
. f G
.
-
RC('onD31
~ce
~('OI~
i
c
map
crthe
Shccprc
~
k
Y.
OUD(lllns
IUld
put
of
11m
Wlost
TlnUo
lf
O
l
nl:
Un.i.
the
hattom.
"
I.
cepena\;ruplly
li
nd
their
creekirrigntea few
run
cbesnen!' t
.b
ebuse of the
hedsfollow nsha
rp
ly
~
d
gzllg
coursebet.weenrung
e.
lowverticnl wnlls. There
IIr
onoindications
GEOLOGY.
ofglaciation, ond,ostheb,,"oof
the
runge
i.;;
The
Shee.
prock
Mountain
s(s
ee
fig.
46
)
CO\1-
well I1bo"e
the
highest levelofLn.
ke
Boone-sist mos
tl
r ofsedilllcnL
Il
.
I'Y
rocb.
Tho m
06t
villo,
I~
loworingof
water
l
<.
wel
CIIIl
not ""co
unt
exteJISiye fornu\ti
on
is"
ser
iesof
dark
to lightfor
tho
han
gi
ngcbllrn.cter. QuiIOpossibly
it
ishl'Ownish
quart
,
.ile,
shale,o'ndconglomernte, duo
10II
rencw"loffaulting ondupli.ft illofpl'obuhlepl'e-Cumbrinn ago,thr.t strelche. I'nllwr
l'('rellL
I.
im
cs,sincewhich
the
small from
thesoulh
eJld
of tho
mnge
forthree
c~eks
hllYo
bOPII
ubI
"
10
make.onlya begin-f01ll'ths of itsle
ngth. O,erlying
this
i.n
tho
mng
of downl'Utl.ing
10
tho newbllso-Ievel.
I
nortbernpurt
oftho"\JIgois ns
uccessIOn
of
Tho
C,lUyoIlS
in the
cust slopolinve normn1, Cumhriull(IUurt.ite,Rhlll
o,
nlldlimestone. At
 
SHEEPROf!I{
MOUN'l'AJNS.
425
the
soutbern elldof
th
ernn!,c,
hIt.he
W
est.Tint.ic
dist.ri"t, unul'eaof limest.one
"f
und
etermined"ge
prob'lbly
irw
lucics Combrian,
) ! i
,s
i
~,ipp
inn
,
nlldperlinps
int
cl'llIcrlintl\
ti
tl'
lIt.ll,
'fbis
limcst.l
>ne
is
sepnmtcd
fl'olll t.
h"
IH'
C-Cnm
brian
(1)
'lwutzitie
forrnnlioll
by
an ovcl't.ln·ustinuit,All the
format
,ions
dip
p"evailingly
ll
n
rt.h
ens(
,n-ard,lIndnil
dip
Itt
1,,1"
a.ngles, ('xc"p
l.
those
of the
southe
rn limestone"reIl,most·of
\\'hi"h
d
ip
steep
ly.
Ign
eo
us
rocl.;:s
or
e
repl'(l
sc
nt
cdby
n
prominentst
ork
of
granite
or
gl'nnodiol'itein
t·henorlh-
eent
r,,1
part
of
the
TiLlll'e
und
by
SOHI',II
slllnll,tocks of granitic"
monzoniti
('.,
andrhyolitic.
rod"
01.
the
southern
curi. Dikesondsills
of
gruuite.,
gn
lJ1itc
or
rhyolite
porphyr
y,
find
mon-
7.onite
or
di
or
ite
porphyry
arcItbunda
nt
in
I'
lo
,,('s
lind lO"'e b
een
not
ed
in
the
vicinity of
all
Dl
inN"liz
~d
orens.
COLUMBIA
AND
ERICKSON
DISTRICTS.
Tho
Columbiud
is
trictand
t,
I;
" easternpurt
of
thoEricksondist,
rid
(thewesternpart.is
intho
Simp"')i1
~[0Ul.I
t.nins) lio in tbeslimemineral
izer
!
Ilrl
'8
in thollorl.h-cent.ral pRrtof
th
ortlngc.
The
Colllnlhi"
district
li
es
ellSt
and
theEriek
londi
striel west
of
t·ho diYido.
'fbe
geologiclonn.tionsiJicludepre-Cllmhrinu
(1)
and
CUIlI-
hl'inn
:;cdill1C'1l
tl1.1'y
rocks,
th
elnl'g
cst
gl'tlllite
stock
of
therango,
and
dik
es
of rhyolite undmonzonile.porphyry.
GEOLOOY.
SEDUlENT..utYRoaRS.
T
he
sedimentnryrocksoverlio
th
ointrue.i",·granite,
str
iking from
northwest
to westlindt1ippingnortbenst of
nort
.b. Nc
ar
thointrusivo
CO:t!Jld
t.his
dip
is
I'll
thersteep,
avern.giJlg about
·
15"
N.
or
)fE.,
but it
nppcU.l'8
to flatten as,ilstnnrefrom the c
{)
ntl1ct increnses.
The
pre-Ca.mbrian
(?)
inclndeshcds
of
pure
nor!
ofdurk cbloriticqUllrt7.ite,cbloriticsbllle,
and
poorly assortedconglomern tc.A section
through
t,he
upper
pnrts
()f
Hnrd-to-n
e~
t
Can
yo
n
On
the
soutbwest
nndof
Hark
erCanyon
?n
t
he
northeast
of
tho
dividoshows in
II
sceud
lllg
order,firstnzone of prcvailill"I)'Ii"ht-
1
J
I:'
.
b
co
a~ed
quurt.zite
just
"hove
tbe intrusive
g"on
'L
econtact; second,"
scr
i
es
ofchloritic
cong
lomerllte., quurth,
ond
sholo;thi.rd,
0
zoneof
pl'e
vnilingly lirrht-colored
qunrtzite'
undfah",
E
un
,n
zoneof green,
purple,
Dnd
hlllckshole. ..
.<b
7.oIlC,
however,
contains
bc
ds
chnmcter-
ISh
f
h
COt
c other three.
The
fourlh
zone
is
OV('l'!uill
hy
li
gh
t.to d.lrk
Wtly
lim
es
t.
ono
of
CI\.mtn·j;ln
ago.
....
.
The lightqUllrt.zite
~~
typical
on,lrequin's
no
SpCCIO
Idl'sel'ipt.ion.
Con
l.ocl IlIl'tI\nlorpbllim
ha
s
Dlad
O
no
cQIl51.
pic
uou
s change
in
i
Ls
chlll'aclel'.
1'ho
ch
loritic
se
ri
es,
wher\.
'uflilltercd,
is
green
on
fn'sh
find
d,
ltk
I,rownon\"""theredsmillces. Thepebbles
of
Ihe e(lnglomerutc consistof vein
qUllnz,
grunit.e,
gIldss,
our!
q1lltl't.z.itc,
in
a
snndy mutl'ixofe
hl
orite,sericite,ond fine qUllrtzlindield
spIII'
grllinS.The qllartzilielind nrkose layers
,u'
e oftheslimecomposition
lIS
the conglomcl'tlte matrix. 'flu'shnl"
difl'
erslromt.hequorl.zitichedsin a pred
om
ino
nco
ofchloriteand serir.ito
OW
l'
qUllrt
.,Ilnd feluspllr. The
ILppc
.
Rfiln
cc,
howe,cr, of thecWOI'iticr
oc
ks
along the upper
s
lop
~s
IIml
SWlllIlitsvlliitc
cl
is
mu
(,
hchanged
hy
cont
llc
truct.umorphitiffi.
They
"ppcnrcrys
tnUin
e,nud
at
It
/{Iunce
ronyreadily
be
mistnk
en
forgreenstones
--ch
loritizeddolerite
01'
dinhn"c,This isespceinllytrue
of
tIll' moraorkosehcds,
bllt
tbe conglomc.ratc
is
re"dily
idrn
tified byits pehbles, whieh lireembedded
in
u e
ryst
nllincmntrix
but
have
lmdrrgollC
no
conspicuous
Chtlllge
themselves.
Thesholebedshave
los
tmuch
of
t,hpirshuly churncte.r, lindthc termshornfels
Ilud
slutonreoppropriuteto some
of
tbe
m.
Mu
cbof theshulealong
it
sbedding
plurI
e,"
hus developed
i
small
"knots"
orhmlps
co
mmon to
many
contact-metumorpbosed
Rlu.tes.
No
ClJ.reful
s
tudy
of
t.his
metamorphism was mnde,
but
t.h
ereseemsto buve been littleor
no
cbnngeothertban tho r
cc
rystullization
of
the mincrols
in
therockwithconsequcntobliterntion ofciI""tic stl'lleture.
The"
lrnots"
in
tb
~
only specimencollectedprovedin thinsect,ion tobewbolly changed
to
lim
on
ie,The limestono
wu
snot
st
udied,
U8
no oredeposits
in
it
hay
eyct
broil
reported. Fossilssaidtohnve beenfound
in
itsbasal beds
enst
of Jomes's
rtlIl
chneartho
north
end orthe west
fn
cc
of
t.b
tl
mng.
·inriicateMiddloCumhrinuIlge.
L.
D.
Burling, who
id
ent
ificd the
f",,'Sus,
reports
us
follows:
This
h)COllit.y,
for
wbich
lit.
~
lo
B
Ln~tigruph.ic
infonna.tion
was
obl~ined
in
th
e
fi
old,
canba
dcfioil.oly
eo
rrolatod
with
1l.sccuon
,,'weh
[meaautOO
in
100:>
in
tho Simpson
)JOUD.-
taws,
where
it
forme
the
third
limestone
Jx.d
n.bove
theq
uarLzite
series.
It.
islHddle
Cambrian
in
age
Rod
is
probably
to
bo
corrobt.cdwi
ththe
Wboolar
formati
on
in
the
House
Ran
g
e.
It
co
n
tAi
ns
PlycAc;puria
/,,"'ingi..rl
and
.Agn
os
tu.s
int
mtri
dusf

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