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U.S. Geological Survey
Bulletin 2218

Assessment of Metallic Resources in the Humboldt River Basin, Northern Nevada

By Alan R. Wallace, Steve Ludington, Mark J. Mihalasky, Stephen G. Peters, Ted G. Theodore, David A. Ponce, David A. John, and Byron R. Berger

With a section on Platinum-Group-Element (PGE) Potential of the Humboldt Mafic Complex, by Michael L. Zientek, Gary B. Sidder, and Robert A. Zierenberg


photograph of dry mountain landscape
Buckskin Mountain hot-spring epithermal Au system, northern Santa Rosa Range, Humboldt County, Nevada. USGS photograph by Alan R. Wallace.

The Humboldt River Basin is an arid to semiarid, internally drained basin that covers approximately 43,000 km2 in northern Nevada. The basin contains a wide variety of metallic and nonmetallic mineral deposits and occurrences, and, at various times, the area has been one of the Nation's leading or important producers of gold, silver, copper, mercury, and tungsten. Nevada currently (2003) is the third largest producer of gold in the world and the largest producer of silver in the United States. Current exploration for additional mineral deposits focuses on many areas in northern Nevada, including the Humboldt River Basin.

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ISBN: 0-607-97176-2

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