Gap Mountain Prospect
Lost City, West Virginia
The Gap Mountain Prospect is near Lost City, West Virginia. Historically the site has been associated with the Cedar Creek Valley Mining District which is now part of the George Washington National Forest. The site was first discovered before 1920. The ore mined is composed of manganite, pyrolusite and psilomelane with waste material consisting primarily of chert. The ore body is described as having an irregular shape of unknown dimensions. The host rock in this area is limestone. The Middle Section of the Appalachian Highlands characterize the geomorphology of the surrounding area.
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ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF GAP MOUNTAIN. 2. 4 KM (1. 5 MI) NORTHWEST ON STATE ROAD 701 FROM ITS INTERSECTION WITH STATE ROAD 717, TO DELLINGER GAP: FOLLOW DIRT ROAD TO NORTH TO A JEEP TRAIL ALONG THE NORTHWEST FOOT OF GAP MOUNTAIN, ABOUT 0. 16 KM (0. 1 MI) : FOLLOW JEEP TRAIL TO CREEK, ABOUT 0. 5 KM (0. 3 MI) : JUST BEFORE CREEK TURN NORTHEAST ON ANOTHER JEEP TRAIL AND FOLLOW UP THE DRAINAGE FOR ABOUT 0. 64 KM (0. 4 MI) TO WHERE TWO DRAINAGES MEET, PROSPECT IS ABOUT 70 M (230 FEET) SOUTHEAST OF THE DRAINAGE INTERSECTION UP ON THE NORTHWEST SLOPE OF GAP MOUNTAIN.
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2 TUNNELS WERE REPORTED DRIVEN AT AN ELEVATION OF 1600 FEET IN 1922 ONE WAS CAVED AND THE OTHER WAS STILL OPEN FOR MORE THAN 15 M (50 FEET ). IN 1982, 2 CAVED TUNNELS, 3 PITS, AND DUMPS WERE SEEN. MANGANESE ORE WAS PRESENT ON THE DUMPS.
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1 World-class significance is determined by total endowment of the contained commodity. This includes all past production and remaining reserves. Each commodity is considered separately and commodities cannot be combined to arrive at a significant size. The tonnage thresholds are from the mine model grade-tonnage studies. As of June 2008, many entries were classified as significant under less strict rules.
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SMALL PLATES OF MANGANESE ORE OCCUR WITH CHERT FRAGMENTS IN THE DUMP AND AT SOME PLACES MANGANESE FILLS MINUTE CRACKS IN THE CHERT FRAGMENTS.