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Bulk mineable gold deposits in the western United States contain reserves of more than 55 million oz (1,710 metric tons) Au and produce more than 3 million oz (93,300 kg) Au/yr. They can be subdivided into five main deposit types: porphyry-related, sediment-hosted (includes deposits of the Carlin type), metamorphic-hosted, volcanic-hosted, and hot spring gold deposits. Each deposit type can be further divided into several deposit subtypes.

Examples of porphyry-related gold deposits are Zortman-Landusky in Montana and the Fortitude and McCoy skarn-hosted gold deposits in Nevada. Major sediment-hosted gold deposits in the western United States occur mainly in Nevada and include the world-class gold deposits located within the Carlin and Getchell trends. Metamorphic deposits include Mother Lode and Mesquite types, located principally in California and Arizona. Volcanic-hosted deposits can be subdivided into three main deposit subtypes: high sulfur deposits such as Summitville, Colorado, and Paradise Peak, Nevada; low sulfur deposits such as Round Mountain, Nevada; and alkalic deposits such as Cripple Creek, Colorado. Hot spring gold deposits are typified by the McLaughlin gold deposit in northern California.

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