These placer mining claims are located in the Light’s Canyon Gold Mining District. This district is located in northwestern Plumas County and includes the surrounding areas of Moonlight Valley, Indian Valley, Engel Mine and the Kettle Rock areas. Aside from gold, this district has also been known for copper-mining. Most notable was the Engel and Superior Mines where several hundreds of tons of copper were produced. Gold mining boomed here in the 1850s through extended through the mid 1900s. Recently, the area has undergone an intense geologic resource evaluation in the hopes of opening up the former copper mines. A number of new highgrade zones were discovered through a diamond drill program.
Geology- The central point of the district are underlain by granodiorite and quartz diorite. To the south lies various metamorphic rocks, to the north and the east are Tertiary gravels which have yielded moderate amounts of gold. The quartz-veins within granitic rock contain moderate to highgrade pockets of gold. The ore contains abundant amounts of sulfides, including that of pyrite, galena, chalcopyrite and sphalerite.
Work Cited: “Gold Districts of California” Edition 193. William B. Clark. 1998
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