Buffalo Claim

Occurrence in Marion county in Arkansas, United States with commodities Zinc, Lead

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10080996
MRDS ID W032540
Record type Site
Current site name Buffalo Claim
Alternate or previous names Tallow Claymine

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -92.85018, 36.33341 (WGS84)
Elevation 290
Location accuracy 1000(meters)
Relative position ABOUT 2.6 MILES S. SW OF MONARCH, NEAR HIGHWAY ON PLATEAU SURFACE
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arkansas Marion

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
5th Principal 20N 18W 35 SW OF SE4 Arkansas

Comments on the location information

  • ON THE HEADWATERS OF ONE OF THE BRANCHES OF LOWER SUGAR LOAF CREEK, HIGH ON THE SIDE OF THE BOONE CHERT PLATEAU. APPEARS TO BE ON ONE OF INNER FACES OF A HOLLOW ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1969

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Zinc Primary
Lead Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Galena Ore
Smithsonite Ore

Alteration

  • (Local) Most Of Galena Found In Clay Was Altered On Exterior To A Gray Coating Of Pyromorphite, A Lead Po. Formation Residuvm.

Analytical data

Result GALENA SPECIMEN ANALYSIS: PB 86.02%, S 13.80, SIO2 TRACE, IRON TRACE, ANTIMONY TRACE, NO SILVER. TOTAL 99.82%

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Limestone

Nearby scientific data

(1) -92.85018, 36.33341

Geologic structures

Type of structure Regional
Structure description Boone Chert-Topped Plateau

Comments on the geologic information

  • OPENINGS ARE NEAR THE DIVIDING LINE BETWEEN THE ORDOVICIAN ROCKS EXPOSED OVER THE VALLEYS TO THE NORTH AND THE LOWER CARBONIFEROUS BEDS THAT CROWN THE HILLS ON ALL THE OTHER SIDES. ST JOE MARBLE & BOONE FM.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No

Mining district

District name North Arkansas Zinc Region

Land status

Ownership category Private

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface
    Overall depth 7.62M

Comments on the workings information

  • OPENINGS CONSIST OF A SHAFT AND TWO OPEN CUTS. CUTS ARE NEAR THE BOTTOM OF A GULCH, AND ARE IN 'FLINT' AND CLAY, MOST OF IT TALLOW CLAY. A SHAFT 25 FEET DEEP WAS FOUND ABOUT THIRTY FEET ABOVE THE OPEN CUT, SUNK IN CLAY AND BROKEN LIMESTONE BLOCKS; GALENA WAS FOUND AT 12 FEET DOWN, AND SHPALERITE AT 13 FEET.

Comments on development

  • PRODUCTION DATA FOR THESE FAIRLY WELL DEVELOPED SITES IS NOT YET FOUND.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS W032540

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    ANNUAL REPORT OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF ARKANSAS FOR 1892 (PUB. DEC, 1900), VOL V: THE ZN AND PB REGION OF NORTH ARK., BY STATE GEOLOGIST JOHN C. BRANNER, P. 85-87 USGS RESTON (241) AR5 (SEE THE YELLVILLE SHEET IN THIS BOOK

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit TALLOW CLAY WAS EXPOSED IN CUTS. CLAY IS PINK, RED, YELLOW SPECKED WITH WHITE, AND STRIPED, AND OCCURS AS SEAMS OR BANDS 2-3 INCHES THICK AND 12-15 FEET IN LENGTH, SEPERATED FROM EACH OTHER BY GRITTY BANDS. AN ANALYSIS SHOWED THAT OXIDES OF ZINC, ALUMINUM, AND SILICA FORMED THE PRIMARY CONSTITUENTS, HAVING ABOUT 11.31% METALLIA ZINC.
Deposit THE HORIZON (5) IN WHICH GALENA AND SMITHSONITE ARE FOUND MAY BE PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE CALCIFEROUS SERIES BEDS, AND OCCASIONALLY BE FOUND IN THE ST. JOE MARBLE. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-APR-82 Wright, Noel J. (Calkins, James A.) U.S. Geological Survey