Old Argentine Prospect

Past Producer in Pike county in Arkansas, United States with commodity Mercury

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10040351
MRDS ID M055073
MAS/MILS ID 51090059
Record type Site
Current site name Old Argentine Prospect
Alternate or previous names Wann, Mc Rae and Wann, Mcrae and Wann, Wann Mine
Related records 10138599

Geographic coordinates

Point of reference Main Entrance
Geographic coordinates: -93.675, 34.17611 (WGS84)
Elevation 174
Location accuracy 100(meters)
Relative position 6 MI N OF MURFREESBORO. On ridge north of the road.
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arkansas Pike

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
5th Principal 007S 025W 4 SE NW NW Arkansas

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Mercury Primary

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Sandstone
    Rock unit name Stanley Shale, Sandstone & Shale;Stearn'S Parker Hill Member, Sandstone
    Rock description Stanley Shale, Sandstone & Shale;Stearn'S Parker Hill Member, Sandstone
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pennsylvanian

Nearby scientific data

Main Entrance (1) -93.675, 34.17611

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Local Thrust Faults, Close Folds
Regional Thrust Faults, N-S Tear Faults, And Two Fold Systems ; Reg.Trends: Thrust Faults From S In Late Paleozoic

Ore body information

  • Strike N 10 TO 20 W
    Dip 85 E

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Cinnabar Was Localized Along A Fault And In Jointed Sandstone Paralleling The Fault

Comments on the geologic information

  • CARBONIFEROUS FORMATIONS DIP S AND ARE DEFORMED BY THRUST FAULTS, TEAR FAULTS, BEDDING PLANE FAULTS, AND FOLDS

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation type Surface-Underground
Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1941
Discoverer Fletcher M. Mc Rae
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place
Year of last production 1943

Mining district

District name Arkansas Quicksilver District

Ownership information

  • Type Unknown
    Owner H. Wann
    Year 1944
  • Type Operator
    Owner C. Caponetto
  • Type Owner
    Owner C. O. Meeks

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Overall depth 9.14M
  • Type of workings Surface/Underground

Comments on the workings information

  • AS OF 1937 DEVELOPMENT CONSISTED OF 30 FT. SHAFT. FIVE PITS 15 TO 35 FT. DEEP HAVE BEEN CUT. INOPERATIVE SINCE 1943.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M055073

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Reed and Wells, 1938, USGS BULL. 886-C

  • Deposit

    BAILEY, E.H., USGS, PERSONAL FILES

  • Deposit

    Chester, 1965, USBM IC-8252, p. 85.

  • Production

    USBM DATA

  • Deposit

    Clardy, B.F., and Bush, W.V., 1976, Mercury district of southwest Arkansas: Arkansas Geological Commission Information Circular 23, 57 p.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit NATIVE HG FOUND AT 15 FT. BELOW SURFACE
General Ore Control: Cinnabar Was Localized Along A Fault And In Jointed Sandstone Paralleling The Fault

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 1973-09-01 Bergquist, Joel R. U.S. Geological Survey
Editor 2012-11-16 Wilson, Anna B U.S. Geological Survey merged and deleted duplicater record 10138599
Reporter 2012-05-20 Rlw U.S. Bureau of Mines 0051090059 = 10138599