Geology of the Taylor Silver deposit, White Pine County, Nevada
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The Taylor silver mine is located 15 miles southeast of Ely, Nevada, on the western flank of the Southern Schell Creek Range. The 1200 ton per day open pit mine produces up to 1,200,000 ounces silver and 1000 ounces gold annually. Preproduction reserves totalled 7 million tons at 3.0 oz Ag/ton and 0.003 oz Au/ton. Soft silver prices since 1982 have forced intermittent shutdowns. The ore body is an epithermal, high-silica, low-sulfide replacement deposit. Brecciated Devonian Guilmette Formation limestones host silver ores immediately beneath unconformable hydrocarbon-rich Mississippian Pilot Shale ...