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Mineral resources of the Castle Peaks Wilderness Study Area, San Bernardino County, California

Bulletin 1713-A

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Abstract

The Castle Peaks Wilderness Study Area (CDCA266) comprises approximately 45,000 acres in the northern New York Mountains, San Bernardino County, California. At the request of the Bureau of Land Management, 39,303 acres of the wilderness study area were studied. The area was investigated during 1982-1985 using combined geologic, geochemical, and geophysical methods. are considered preliminarily suitable for wilderness deignation. There are no mineral reserves or identified resources in the study area. Fluorspar, occurring in sparse veins, has moderate resource potential, as do silver and lead in fault zones, and gold and silver in sparse, high-grade veins and fault breccia. Each area of moderate resource potential encompasses less than one square mile. These same commodities have low resource potential in similar occurrences throughout much of the study area. In addition, there is low resource potential for gold in placer deposits, uranium in altered breccia and gouge, and rare-earth elements in pegmatite dikes. There is no resource potential for oil and gas resources over most of the study area, but the potential is unknown along its western margin. In this report, the area studied is referred to"the wilderness study area", or simply "the study area."

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Mineral resources of the Castle Peaks Wilderness Study Area, San Bernardino County, California
Series title:
Bulletin
Series number:
1713
Chapter:
A
Year Published:
1986
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
17 p.
Larger Work Title:
Mineral resources of Wilderness Study Areas: Eastern California Desert Conservation Area
Country:
United States
State:
California
County:
San Bernardino
Other Geospatial:
Castle Peaks Wilderness Study Area