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The Helms Deep Placer and Silica Projects, Sierra County, California

We have 6 unpatented mining claims in Sierra County, California. This property consists of approximately 110 acres on public domain administered by the U.S. Forest Service. The property is four miles south of La Porte, California. Our Helms Deep Placer and Silica deposit is unique; it does not have to be drilled or blasted. This is a clay bound sand and gravel that can easily be excavated. A sieve analysis shows 95 percent passing 2.5 inch and 60 percent passing 20 mesh. Silica constitutes 85 percent to 90 percent of the deposit.
Some of the strong points supporting these mining properties are:Helms Deep Gold and Silica Location

  • There is a 3-4 degree grade back to the west and the mining start point. This allows ideal drainage from the mining operation.
  • The ground is easy to excavate and the gold is 950 to 980 fine.
  • There is a strong presence of platinum group metals.
  • All required permits had previously been granted and can be updated and resubmitted “nothing has changed”
  • The nearest community is La Port, 4 miles due north, 12 miles by dirt road and making it a rural location and there are no N.I.M.B.Y's near by.
  • A great history of some of the greatest recoveries in California originating from the famous La Porte channel
  • 1900 ft of virgin La Port channel on our unencumbered property and thousands more on private land.
  • Silica has a huge market that will continue to require high quality silica like we have in our reserve.

What we have

We have two (2) mining projects on 110 acres of the famous La Porte Channel in Northern California;
The one on the southern end of our claim is a previously permitted Placer Mine with gold, silver, platinum and silica as a by product. The placer mine has an estimated reserve of three (3) million tons which would be open pitted and seventy five thousand (75,000) tons which we would take underground. There is a well documented history of this ground producing a conservative average of one tenth (1/10th) of an ounce of gold per ton and much, much more in the gut of the channel. High grade silica is 30% to 50% of the byproduct of this mine.
The mine on the Northern end of our claim is an open pit Silica Operation. There is over eight (8) million ton of reserve material and over two hundred thousand (200,000) tons stockpiled and ready to process. This material averages ninety dollars ($90) per ton in gold as a byproduct to more than cover the cost of operations. There is a great market for this high grade Silica and the market pays from fifty dollars ($50) up to five hundred dollars ($500) per ton depending on purity and particle size. Our operation will easily produce 99.6% pure silica.

What we need

We will consider all reasonable offers of a Joint Venture, Lease or outright Sale.
The Silica deposit requires a five million dollar ($5,000,000) investment and will produce an estimated sixteen and one half million dollars ($16,500,000) gross per year for well over 20 years.
The placer mine requires a three million dollar ($3,000,000) investment and will produce an estimated sixty four million dollars ($64,000,000) gross per year for over three (3) years.
A complete sale of the Placer mine would have to be sixty four million dollars ($64,000,000) and the Silica mine would be forty nine million dollars ($49,000,000).
A lease would have to be ten percent (10%) down and ten percent (10%) of the monthly gross.

What we don’t need!

Please no hustlers, scammers, low ballers or wanna be’s.
Serious investors only! We will require proof of Financial Capacity prior to any serious propositions. All facts and figures given here are conservative estimates based on historical production numbers and converted to today’s prices. Annual revenue projected by estimated tons per hour processed times the estimated number of working hours available in the Northern California climate. If you are a serious investor please keep reading. Keep in mind that this ad is a work in progress and will be updated regularly. As in the great depression NOW is the time to mine gold!

Who We Are

We are a Father and Son team. My name is Stave Sasselli and my father is Clifford Sasselli Jr., he was born in Pocatello Idaho and served in the US Navy and became a Merchant Seaman after prospecting in South America. He is a Miner, Welder and Fabricator with over 40 years of experience. Part of his history and my birth at the mine is documented in the National Geographic September 1973 issue, “The Lost Sierras”. I was born in Poverty Hill, Ca, and delivered in a Tee Pee by my father. I was raised in the logging and mining industry with my father until after I was discharged from the US Navy; where I began commercially dredging the shipping channels in the delta. I have focused much of my career on heavy equipment. I am now an Equipment Manager and Nationally Certified Crane Operator as well as a Certified Computer Repair Technician. . Links to our resumes will be available soon.

Helms Deep Gold and Silica photoDescriptions

General (Placer)
Helms Deep Placer Project is an open pit gold and metals placer mine located at the Poverty Hill Mining District, Sierra County, in the Plumas National Forest. The project is a hydraulic-excavating and gravel-pumping gravity-recovery process to extract gold from the sand and gravel. The process is a closed circuit, recycling 100% of the water.

 

 

 


Helms Deep Silica project

General (Silica)
Helms Deep Silica Project is an open pit mine located at the Poverty Hill Mining District, Sierra County, in the Plumas National Forest. The project is a straight forward load, screen, crush and wash using standard technology such as a dozer, excavator, loader, crusher, screens etc... to process the sand and gravel. The process is a closed circuit, recycling 100% of the water.

Geology
Geology of the area surrounding the proposed project is typical of much of the northern Sierra Region. It consists of pre-Tertiary formations which are largely meta-volcanic in origin. The most detailed geologic description available is that done by Henborg (1966) and the gravity study by Merriam and Merriam (1986).
Geologic unities present within the project area are the tertiary “Auriferous” gravels, and Penman formation. And the Calaveras, the oldest formation present and referred to as the basement rock of the region. This rock is a hard dark blue green to gray Meta-Andisite.
The gold-bearing gravels were deposited (early Tertiary) into numerous river channels cut into the Calaveras Andisite by ancient, pre-Sierran streams which drained the then relatively flat terrain of the region. A segment of one of the partially buried, gravel-filled channels (The La Porte Channel) is present through the project area. The “Auriferous” gravels are the object of the proposed mining operations. Their maximum thickness within the project area, including an upper low grade layer, that will be stripped, is on the order of 120 feet averaging 90 feet. After deposition of the gravel, large volumes of volcanic flow material (mud and broken rock) of the Penman formation successively covered the region’s streams and valleys, including the “La Porte Channel.” Physically, this formation is yellowish-brown, fairly soft, and sandy to clayey volcanic mud flow and contains scattered fragments of harder volcanic rocks (Andisite). This formation is not present on the project due to Holocene and recent erosion.

No constraining geologic hazards, such as large, existing landslides or active earthquake faults, were observed within or closely adjacent to the permit area boundaries.

Helms Deep Gold and SilicaCultural/Historical
The project site is a historic mining site. Mining activity at the site has been well documented through U.S.G.S. Reports, state mineralogist reports, geological studies, township surveys, and patents, dating from the 1860's to the present.  Gold values have been well documented.

Permits

We had formally obtained all of the required permits in 1998, which includes the following: U.S. Forest Service – (SMARA) Surface Mining and Reclamation Act, Trash Burning Permit; State of California – Department of Fish and Game Stream Bed Alteration Permit, California Department of Water Quality, (NPDS) Direct Discharge Permit. The permits can be updated and re-permitted.

Operations (Placer)

The project would have a short operation life, be small in area and uncomplicated in operation. Ore bearing minerals will be processed off site, thus eliminating the potential for hazardous materials to contaminate the land.
Helms Deep Gold and Silica photoThe major activities required to develop and operate the Helms Deep Gold Project include over burden stripping, site preparation, equipment installation, test run, open pit mining, ore benefaction (gravity separation on site for free gold), concentrate benefaction (shipped to a refinery off site for final metal separation and refining), waste rock disposal, and land reclamation (ongoing process).
The Helms Deep Gold Project will use methods and equipment already proven by the mining industry to be effective in recovering precious metals from placer deposits. After a containment levy is built, and stripping appropriately advanced, modern 12”X14” gravel pumps will discharge the ancient river channel material through vibrating screens and then across gravity recovery systems designed to capture “free” and nugget size gold, as well as to produce concentrates yielding additional values. Containing AU, AG, and PT in impressive amounts. The Platinum group metals (P.G.M.S.) are found in the deepest part of the channel, commonly called the blue lead, it consists of blue clay bound unoxidized bed rock, sulfides of iron, blue and white quartz sand, pebbles, and stones with occasional boulders seldom over 500#'s.

Operations (Silica)

The project would have a long operation life, be relatively large in area and uncomplicated in operation. Most of the product could be processed on site down to 20 mesh, however, to reach the finer microns and a higher end market it would be cost effective too further refine off site. It is even possible to just screen out large cobble on site and transport the bulk of material to a Nevada site for further processing.
The major activities required to develop and operate the Helms Deep Silica Project include minor over burden stripping, site preparation, equipment installation, test run, open pit mining, ore benefaction (gravity separation onsite for free gold), and land reclamation (ongoing process).
The Helms Deep Silica Project will use methods and equipment already proven by the mining industry to be effective in processing, and refining silica deposits. There are several ways to approach this deposit most of which is fairly simple in operation, such as loading material in a unit that will crush and screen down to 20 mesh and then a simple screw type recovery unit to claim the gold onsite or it may be best to load all the material and truck it to Nevada for a more complicated but more efficient and effective process allowing us to achieve higher end products, such metallurgical and pharmaceutical grade powders or even fused silica.

Helms Deep Gold and SilicaLocation
The site is located within Sections 6 and 7 of Township 20 North, Range 9 East, Mount Diablo Base and Meridian. It is in the Plumas National Forest, Poverty Hill Mining District, about four miles south of La Porte (see location/topography map)

Access

Access to the site is provided by way of State Highway E. 21/La Porte Road turning south on the paved scales Rd. crossing slate creek on Cement Bridge up and onto the White rock Road (a U.S. Forest Service haul road), Sierra County Road 691, and finally a short segment of a U.S. Forest Service Road.
Current Land Use
Current land use of the proposed project areas and the surrounding areas is un-reclaimed mining pits and spoils areas, gravel borrow pits, second growth timberland, and recreation and watershed management areas.

Soils

Soils within the project area are generally one foot or less in depth and range in composition form sandy to rocky clays to rocky sands. They are mostly light brownish-gray in color, except in the top few inches where decomposing forest duff has darkened them to a deeper brown. In the un-reclaimed pit areas, soils are generally absent.

Vegetation

As noted above, the project site is composed of highly disturbed landforms. The project site is surrounded by Sierra Mixed Conifer Forest. Plant species native to the forest area occupy the relatively undisturbed areas and are unsuccessfully re-colonizing the disturbed portions. Very few non-native species have been identified in the area.

Wildlife

Species present within the project area include Black tHelms Deep Gold and Silica from airail deer, Gray squirrel, Douglas squirrel, Snowshoe rabbit, and various bird species. No rare or endangered species are known to frequent the area.

Climate

The climate of the Poverty Hill area, including subject site, is typical of the climate of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Range, with relatively high winter precipitation and dry summers. Most of the precipitation occurs during November through March. Much (65 -75%) of the precipitation between December and March falls as snow. Evaporation always exceeds precipitation during the period between June and September, and usually between May and December.

Hydrologic Data

Surface waters on the site are concentric, with the exception of Gold Run Creek, which runs down from Poverty Hill to the west, crossing the old hydraulic pit 700 feet south of the middle pond and 1,300 feet north of the south pond. Neither of those two ponds have inflows nor outflow of surface water.
Ground water near the site is contained by the bedrock of the extinct river channel in the area, which forms a long tough trending north to south with a grade of two percent. The old river was turned to the east at the approximate location of the current south pond by a more resistant diorite pluton intruding into and altering the bedrock. The formation of the Sierras tilted that eastern flow of old river back to the west. All of the ground water now flows back and into the south pond at a 4% grade, joining the ground water from the north. There it percolates to the west over the lowered rim of bedrock, forming many springs some distance away. A great deal of the ground water is lost to evaporation.

Visual Character

The visual character of the site is described in the report on vegetation. The project site is composed of highly disturbed landforms including gravel and rock. The project site is surrounded by Sierra Mixed Conifer Forest. Plant species native to the forest area occupy the relatively undisturbed areas and are unsuccessfully re-colonizing the disturbed portions. Very few non-native species have been identified in the area.

The owner prefers to be contacted via e-mail: Stave Sasselli— sasselli1@gmail.com

 


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