Three samples (metamorphic country rock, Idaho batholith granite, and auriferous quartz vein) were dated by the 40Ar/39Ar age spectrum technique. The lode deposits are Cretaceous (71 m.y.); their cooling histories and depths of emplacement, inferred from the age spectra, are evidence for the granite plutons and the lode deposits having been emplaced at the same 40-9 km depth and being genetically related. Thus, the Idaho batholith is not barren, and at least two precious-metal mineralizing events, Cretaceous and Eocene in age, occur in central Idaho. Class differences between the two ages of deposits, of style, alteration and mineralogy, are suggested. -G.J.N.
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Age and genesis of precious metals deposits, Buffalo Hump district, central Idaho: implications for depth of emplacement of quartz veins.