Copper, Mineral Deposits, and the Geology of Southeast Arizona


Arizona Mining Review Monthly Video Magazine Hosted by Lee Allison, Arizona State Geologist
The Bisbee Group of the Tombstone Hills, Southeastern Arizona Stratigraphy, Structure, Metamorphism, and Mineralization  U.S. Geological Survey, 1996
Copper Facts         Copper Development Assoc Inc.
High Sulfidation and Low Sulfidation Porphyry Copper Skarn Systems: Characteristics, Continua, and Causes             Dr. Marco T. Einaudi, 1994
The Legacy of Copper Mining in Arizona (Video)  Arizona Mining Alliance, 2012
Mineral Exploration Strategies        E&MJ News, May 5, 2014
Skarn Copper Deposits             Copper Investing News, 2011
Skarn and Skarn Deposits       Dr. Larry Meinert, 1992
Skarn deposits – Characteristics and Exploration Criteria  Dr. Larry Meinert, 2013
What is a Porphyry Copper Deposit? David F. Briggs, 2014
Mining Hall of Fame
James Herold Courtright “James Harold Courtright was an extraordinary exploration geologist. He teamed up with his life-long colleague and friend Kenyon E. Richard to produce an exploration record for ASARCO Incorporated that was described in the 1995 Arizona Geological Society Digest 20 as “…the all-time most successful porphyry copper program.”
Kenyon E. Richard  “Kenyon Richard was born in San Francisco and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1937. He then joined the E. N. Pennybaker exploration team with Consolidated Coppermines Corp. at Ely, Nevada, as a geologist, and in 1941 he hired Harold Courtright. In 1945, Kenyon and Harold joined American Smelting and Refining Co. in Salt Lake City as exploration geologists. They were destined to become perhaps the most famous and successful team in the history of mineral exploration.”
 Lowell – Guilbert Porphyry Copper ModelJMG Porphyry Copper Model

Briscoe’s Exploration Projects, California & Nevada

“Napa County’s Mother Lode”     Napa Valley Register, 2009
Wind Mountain Project
The Story of the Wind Mountain Gold and Silver Mine
Western Mining History – Wind Mountain Mine
McDermitt Mine History Of Discovery
Silver Predator McDermitt Mine

Science & Industry

Arizona Geological Survey  (Website)
Anatomy of a Mine from Prospect to Production (PDF)           US Dept of Agriculture, Forest Service
 Balboa, Cobre, Panama Discovery Report (PDF)       Colin Burge, PDAC March 5, 2014 
Caldera Demonstration Model (Video)      From the USGS, 2010



Why We Need Rare Earth Elements (Video)
Jack Lifton – USDOD & Ucore (Video)
Old Mine Tailings: New Mother Lode For Rare Elements‘Rare earth’ mineral could mean revival for Arizona’s mines
Rethinking  rare earth element potential  in Arizona
The Uses of REEs Courtesy of American Elements (PDF)

Dr. Karen J. Wenrich, Research Geologist – Uranium

Uranium Mining in Arizona – High Grade and Safe 
LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON H.R. 644 – The Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the Committee on Natural Resources – July 21, 2009 
Recognition of Breccia Pipes in Northern Arizona 
By Karen Wennrich and Hoyt Sulphin (1988)  

Wikipedia® Articles

Wikipedia® Article on Arizona Breccia Pipe Uranium Mineralization
Wikipedia® Article on Mineral Exploration
Wikipedia® Article on Geology
Wikipedia® Article on Rare Earth Elements