Who We Are
We Are Suppliers of Chelated Trace Minerals
Window Peak Trace Minerals (WPTM) has taken over the exploitation of mining claims in Nevada bearing organic material, colloidal trace elements, and chelated trace minerals since their location in the 1930s. Window Peak Trace Minerals is a d/b/a for Altenberg Media International, Inc., a Nevada corporation (AMII).
Prehistoric Deposit, Same Old Location, New Management
There are at least two general theories on how the rich deposits came to be located in Lincoln County, Nevada.
According to some geologists, much of the trace mineral deposit we quarry was laid down somewhere from the earliest times through the conclusion of the Triassic period (ending roughly 200 million years ago). What is now the Pacific Coast of the United States and some 400 miles inland, was under the ocean. All of the continents were still pushed together into a single landmass, and the age of the dinosaurs was seriously accelerating. (The Coelophysis is a good representative of this period.)
Towards the conclusion of the next period, the Jurassic (Approx. 198 – 135 million years ago), the continents began to drift apart--forming essentially three major, distinct, exposed land masses while the Allosaurus reigned supreme. Throughout this time and the millennia before, elements washed into the ocean by rivers were absorbed by kelp and crustaceans whose remains settled all over the ocean floor. Tides and waves concentrated this matter to shallow areas adjacent to the then beach front property of the Rocky Mountains.
The beginnings of the Cretacious Period (135 –100 million years ago) saw even more dramatic shifting of the earth's plates, and the face of the North American coastline was once again transformed. (The enormous Brachiosaurus overlaps the first half of this period and the preceding one.) It is perhaps during the close of the Cretacious (100 – 64 million years ago) that the accelerating continental shift caused the temporary isolation of at least one inland sea. (Tyrannosaurus actually belonged to this period while the continents were assuming the more or less “final” positions by which we know them today.) Over the next several million years (Cenozoic era) this inland sea gradually evaporated to the size of a lake, then to that of a large pond with a marshy or swampy surrounding area, and witnessed the emergence of the first mammals. Again, successive generations of vegetable and animal life continued to thrive and die in this now remote area, piling up organic matter, including minerals they had assimilated, chelated by their respective amino acids, and left as deposits in turn. Sometime during the last 10,000 years (while modern man was said to have taken a foothold and the last ice age was ending), the closure of the fluvial cycle, accompanied by more arid conditions, and the attendant lack of water, precipitated a cessation of marsh environment, leaving the (otherwise) arid valley (except for irrigation) that we now see…Curiously though, no appreciable amount of salt (sodium chloride) is found within the confines of the mining claims covering this deposit.
Another, perhaps more plausible theory is that 34 million years ago, between the Oligocene (up to 40 million years ago) and the Miocene (up to 30 million years ago) epochs when Nevada was in a volcanic upheaval, ash deposits formed into rocks called tuff. Each tuff layer was extremely variable, as to mineral content and color. Through geologic time, these layers became faulted and fractured. Outflow from thermal springs followed these cracks and deposited minerals and ores along these fault zones. About one million years ago, during the Pleistocene epoch, an isolated inland sea (fresh water) formed when an empty volcanic chamber collapsed, forming a large depression referred to as a caldera. Runoff from the surrounding hills and underground percolation of thermal waters transported minerals downstream to the lakebed. Similarly, freshwater streams which also once fed this vast lake, passed over composted vegetable matter, and added to the sediment steadily building up. Life of all descriptions processed the accumulated minerals and added organic value to the deposit. Finally, faulting at the south end of the valley eventually allowed the lake to drain off, leaving a rich residue of high humus lignitic silts behind. Further geologic convulsions in more recent times uplifted these lake sediments, and exposed the usual non-organic capping to erosion, leaving the organic matter accessible to surface mining.
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