Mines, Prospects, and Mineral Occurrences in That Part of the Paradise Range, Nevada, Administered as Toiyabe National Forest.
The U.S. Bureau of Mines conducted a field investigation of approximately 100,000 acres in the Paradise Range, Nevada, during 1989. Nearly 4,000 workings were examined, and 961 samples were taken. The samples were analyzed for a suite of 16 elements. Results of the investigation are intended to (1) help the U.S. Forest Service define areas in which to expect future mining and exploration activity, (2) help the Forest Service incorporate mineral resource data into forest plans, and (3) augment the Bureau's resource data base. The Paradise Range is in the basin and range province and consists of an east-tilted block of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks bounded on the west by a series of high-angle faults. Mining and exploration activity in and near the area investigated has been and continues to be extensive. Three major mining districts and two currently producing mines are in the area. Brucite and magnesite are produced at the Gabbs brucite-magnesite mine; gold, silver, and mercury are produced at the Paradise Peak Mine. More than 130 million tons of company-identified copper- molybdenum resources occur in the forest; however, most current exploration activities are focused on precious metals. Numerous precious metal exporation targets exist for replacement, vein, stockwork, skarn, disseminated volcanogenic, and Carlin-type deposits.