Palm Park (Rincon district)

Region West, Southwest
Mineral systems
Deposit types
Critical minerals
Other minerals

Information leading to the delineation of this focus area

Basis for focus area Mining district boundaries from McLemore (2017).
Identified resources Historical production of barite and manganese.
Production 10,250 short tons barite produced (Filsinger, 1988).
Status Past mining; active permitting; exploration in both districts, recent gold-silver production in Steeple Rock district.
Estimated resources Unknown.
Geologic maps Filsinger (1988), various scales.
Geophysical data Inadequate aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric coverage.
Favorable rocks and structures Anticline, limestone-shale contact; barite in lenses and pods along contact between Silurian Fusselman Formation and Devonian Percha Shale along the crest of an anticline. Zone is 12 ft thick and averages 25-30% barite and 3-4% fluorite.
Deposits Palm Park (MRDS dep_id: 10012966), Horseshoe prospect (MRDS dep_id: 10174566), Nakaye mine (MRDS dep_id: 10072168).
Evidence from mineral occurrences MRDS; New Mexico Mines Database (McLemore and others, 2005).
Geochemical evidence Unknown.
Geophysical evidence Unknown.
Evidence from other sources New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division mine permits.
Comments Company looking at mining barite for petroleum production before COVID.
Cover thickness and description Exposed at the surface.
Authors Virginia T. McLemore.
New data needs This area needs detailed 1:12,000 mapping, chemistry, alteration mapping.
Geologic mapping and modeling needs Detailed geology-structure-alteration-mineralization mapping.
Geophysical survey and modeling needs High resolution, Rank 1 aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric coverage; proposed geophysical survey request for Caballo.
Digital elevation data needs Lidar complete.