Mineralogical characterization and paragenesis of the Cripple Creek deposit, Colorado
The world-class Cripple Creek gold telluride deposit in central Colorado is centered on an Oligocene alkaline-magmatic system composed of diatremal Breccia that is intruded by dikes and sills that range in composition from phonolite to lamprophyre. The deposit has historic production of >24 Moz of gold, making it the third most productive gold deposit in the United States. Most of this production came from underground mining operations that started with the discovery of the deposit in 1891, and continued until the early 1960's. The discovery of broad low-grade, bulk tonnage deposits in the 1980's ...
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