Mineral Resource Assessment of the Payette National Forest, West-Central Idaho

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Mineral Resource Assessment of the Payette National Forest, West-Central Idaho
Most information was obtained from MRDS (U. S. Geological Survey Mineral Resource Data System). The data was put into GSMODS (a USGS designed database). The data was modified by field examination by the authors. An arc output was generated from GSMODS and a point coverage was created.
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    Bookstrom, Arthur A., Johnson, Bruce R., Cookro, Theresa M., Lund, Karen, Watts, Kenneth C., King, Harley D., Kleinkoph, Merlin D., Pitkin, James A., Sanchez, J. David, and Causey, J. Douglas, 1997, Mineral Resource Assessment of the Payette National Forest, West-Central Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-219a, U.S. Geological Survey, Spokane, WA.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -117.13719797
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -114.59795928
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 55.524
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 45.569
  3. What does it look like?
  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    Calendar_Date: 1998
    publication date
  5. What is the general form of this data set?
    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: map
  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?
    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?
      This is a Point data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):
      • Point (654)
    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?
      Grid_Coordinate_System_Name: Universal Transverse Mercator
      UTM_Zone_Number: 11
      Scale_Factor_at_Central_Meridian: 0.9996
      Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -117
      Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 0.0
      False_Easting: 500000
      False_Northing: 0
      Planar coordinates are encoded using coordinate pair
      Planar coordinates are specified in METERS
      The horizontal datum used is NAD27.
      The ellipsoid used is Clarke 1866.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378206.4.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/294.98.
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    Point attribute table with 21 items from GSMODS and MRDS database (Source: GSMODS/MRDS database)
    Number used for property on Plate 1
    Range of values
    Name of mineral property (Source: GSMODS/MRDS databases)
    Placer or lode deposit (Source: GSMODS database)
    Description of property status: Mine, prospect or occurence (Source: GSMODS database)
    Is this a significant property (Source: GSMODS database)
    SYes, this is a significant property
    (blank)No, not a significant property
    Did any production occur at this property (Source: GSMODS database)
    YProduction has occurred
    NNo production has occurred
    Mining district name (Source: GSMODS database)
    County in which property occurs (Source: GSMODS database)
    Longitude in decimal degrees (Source: GSMODS database)
    Range of values
    Latitude in decimal degrees (Source: GSMODS database)
    Range of values
    latitude in degrees, minutes, seconds, values like "DD MM SS X" where DD is degrees, MM minutes, SS seconds, and X is "N" for north latitude. (Source: GSMODS database)
    Longitude in degrees, minutes, seconds, values like "DDD MM SS X" where DDD is degrees, MM minutes, SS seconds, and X is "W" for west longitude. (Source: GSMODS database)
    Mineral commodities present. If more than one, separated by comma and space. (Source: GSMODS database)
    Element abbreviations and industrial mineral names 
    Code for main deposit types present (Source: Codes and definitions from related table PNFMINES.DC.)
    1Gold-silver Mixed-metal Veins
    2Distal Disseminated Gold-silver
    3Antimony Veins
    4Tungsten Veins Quartz-scheelite
    5Tungsten Veins Quartz-huebnerite
    7Low-sulfide Gold-quartz Veins
    9Polymetallic Layers and Veins
    10Copper-silver Polymetallic Veins
    11Manganese Layers and Veins
    12Barite Layers and Veins
    13Porphyry Copper-molybdenum
    14Copper Skarn
    15Iron Skarn
    16Disseminated Copper-silver
    17Kuroko Zinc-copper Massive Sulfide
    18Hot-spring Gold-silver
    19Hot-spring Mercury
    21Quartz Pegmatite, Vein
    22Mica Pegmatite, Skarn
    23Gypsum and Anhydrite
    24Gold Placer
    25Black-sand Placer
    26Rare-earth Placer
    27Tungsten Skarn
    29Rare-earth Lode
    30Gold Skarn
    31Disseminated Antimony
    32Zinc-lead Skarn
    33Copper-gold Mixed-metal Veins
    34Copper-silver-gold Pegmatite
    35Quartz-fluorite Veins
    38Magmatic Copper
    46Uranium, unclassified
    47Gen Placer
    49Diamond Pipes
    Code for secondary deposit type present at property. Same categories and values as DC1. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey OFR 98-219a)
    Code for tertiary deposit type present at property. Same categories and values as DC1. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey OFR 98-219a)
    Ore minerals occurring at property
    Element or industrial mineral names 
    Number referring to reference list in GSMODS (Source: GSMODS database)
    Description of deposit type (Source: U.S. Geological Survey OFR 98-219a)
    (Source: MRDS database)
    like "X0000000"Upper case letter followed by 7 decimal digits.
    (Source: GSMODS number)
    Range of values
    Deposit model names for permissive and favorable tracts (Source: U.S. Geological Survey OFR 98-219a)
    Code number to link to several deposit model coverages (Source: U.S. Geological Survey OFR 98-219a)
    1FGold-silver Mixed-metal Veins - favorable tract
    2FDistal Disseminated Gold-silver - favorable tract
    3FAntimony Veins - favorable tract
    4PTungsten Veins - permissive tract
    7FLow-sulfide Gold-quartz Veins - favorable tract
    9PPolymetallic Layers and Veins - permissive tract
    10PCopper-silver Polymetallic Veins - permissive tract
    11PManganese Layers and Veins - permissive tract
    12PBarite Layers and Veins - permissive tract
    13PPorphyry Copper-molybdenum - permissive tract
    14FCopper Skarn - favorable tract
    15PIron Skarn - permissive tract
    16PDisseminated Copper-silver - permissive tract
    17FKuroko Zinc-copper Massive Sulfide - favorable tract
    18FHot-spring Gold-silver - favorable tract
    18PHot-spring Gold-silver - permissive tract
    19FHot-spring Mercury - favorable tract
    23PGypsum and Anhydrite - permissive tract
    23FGypsum and Anhydrite - favorable tract
    27FTungsten Skarn - favorable tract
    31FDisseminated Antimony - favorable tract
    32PZinc-lead Skarn - permissive tract
    50PCoal (Lignite) - permissive tract
    30PGold-bearing Skarn - permissive tract
    33PCopper-gold Mixed-metal Veins - permissive tract
    14PCopper Skarn - permissive tract
    27PTungsten Skarn - permissive tract
    Deposit model names (given above with codes) (Source: U.S. Geological Survey OFR 98-219a)

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
    • Arthur A. Bookstrom
    • Bruce R. Johnson
    • Theresa M. Cookro
    • Karen Lund
    • Kenneth C. Watts
    • Harley D. King
    • Merlin D. Kleinkoph
    • James A. Pitkin
    • J. David Sanchez
    • J. Douglas Causey
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    J. Douglas Causey
    U.S. Geological Survey, GEO-WRG-MRS
    W 904 Riverside Avenue
    Spokane, WA

    509-368-3116 (voice)
    509-368-3199 (FAX)

Why was the data set created?

This data was part of the assessment of undiscovered mineral resource evaluation of the Payette National Forest by the U.S. Geological Survey. Data on location of mines, prospects, and occurences was used to determine location of favorable and permissive tracts for specific mineral deposit types.

How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?
    GSMODS (PNF) (source 1 of 1)
    U.S. Geological Survey, Unpublished, GSMODS database for Payette National Forest.

    Type_of_Source_Media: digital
    Source_Contribution: All nonspatial data in the coverage files.
  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?
    Date: 14-Dec-1999 (process 1 of 1)
    Creation of original metadata record Person who carried out this activity:
    J. Douglas Causey
    U.S. Geological Survey, GEO-WRG-MRS
    W 904 Riverside Avenue
    Spokane, WA

    509-368-3116 (voice)
    509-368-3199 (FAX)
  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?

How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?
    No specific testing done. All points are unique.
  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?
    Data as accurate as original locations in GSMODS database.
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?
    Point features present.

How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?
Access_Constraints: None
None. Acknowledgement of the U.S. Geological Survey would be appreciated in products derived from this data.
  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
    J. Douglas Causey
    U.S. Geological Survey, GEO-WRG-MRS
    W 904 Riverside Avenue
    Spokane, WA

    509-368-3116 (voice)
    509-368-3199 (FAX)
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set? USGS Open-File Report 98-219A
  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides these geographic data "as is." USGS makes no guarantee or warranty concerning the accuracy of information contained in the geographic data. USGS further makes no warranties, either expressed or implied as to any other matter whatsoever, including, without limitation, the condition of the product, or its fitness for any particular purpose. The burden for determining fitness for use lies entirely with the user. Although these data have been processed successfully on computers of the USGS, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by USGS regarding the use of these data on any other system, nor does the fact of distribution constitute or imply any such warranty.
    In no event shall the USGS have any liability whatsoever for payment of any consequential, incidental, indirect, special, or tort damages of any kind, including, but not limited to, any loss of profits arising out of use of or reliance on the geographic data or arising out of the delivery, installation, operation, or support by USGS.
  4. How can I download or order the data?

Who wrote the metadata?

Last modified: 05-Feb-2016
Last Reviewed: 14-Dec-1999
Metadata author:
Peter N Schweitzer
USGS Midwest Area
Collection manager, USGS Geoscience Data Clearinghouse, http://geo-nsdi.er.usgs.gov/
Mail Stop 954
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA

703-648-6533 (voice)
703-648-6252 (FAX)
Metadata standard:
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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