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Production History of the Bingham Mining District, Salt Lake County, Utah

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Ken Krahulec
Ken Krahulec
Utah Geological Survey January 27, 2010
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Published:
January 01, 2010

Abstract

The Bingham mining district is located in the northeastern Basin and Range province of west-central Utah, immediately southwest of Salt Lake City. Mineralization in the district was first recognized in 1850, placer gold production began in 1864, and successful lead-silver production followed a few years later with the arrival of the railroad. The production of high-grade copper-gold ore started in 1897. Utah Copper became the first flourishing low-grade porphyry copper operation in 1904, using block caving, but switched to large-scale open pit methods a couple years later.

Bingham is one of the most productive mining districts the world. The district is zoned outward from porphyry Cu-Mo-Au through Cu-Au skarn, pyrite halo, Pb-Zn-Ag vein and replacement deposits to distal sedimentary rock-hosted Au ores. District metal production includes over 2.8 billion tons of porphyry ore, averaging approximately 0.7% Cu, 0.05% Mo, 0.4 ppm Au, and 3 ppm Ag; 32.8 million tons of lead-zinc-silver ores with recovered grades of 7% Pb, 3% Zn, 125 ppm Ag, and 1 ppm Au; and an additional 30.6 million tons of 2.1 ppm Au in sedimentary rock-hosted gold ores. The remaining porphyry resources total an additional 1.4 billion tons of 0.5% Cu, 0.07% Mo, 0.2 ppm Au, and 2 ppm Ag.

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Society of Economic Geologists Guidebook Series

Tops and Bottoms of Porphyry Copper Deposits: The Bingham and Southwest Tintic Districts, Utah

Ken Krahulec
Ken Krahulec
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Kim Schroeder
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Society of Economic Geologists
Volume
41
ISBN electronic:
9781934969946
Publication date:
January 01, 2010

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