Markle Mine

Past Producer with commodities Zinc, Lead

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10080997
MRDS ID W032541
Record type Site
Current site name Markle Mine

Geographic coordinates

Point of reference Geographic coordinates: Elevation UTM Precision Relative position Point location
-92.8224, 36.3348 (WGS84) 305 1000 ABOUT 3.0 MILES SE OF MONARCH
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-92.81889, 36.33944 (WGS84) 1000 36-20-22N 92-49-08W is from GNIS but workings are not visible at either location in Google Earth.

Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arkansas Marion

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
5th Principal 20N 17W 31 NE OF SW4 Arkansas

Comments on the location information

  • ON A BRANCH OF SUGAR LOAF CREEK KNOWN AS MARKLE HOLLOW ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1969

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Zinc Primary
Lead Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Smithsonite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Aurichalcite Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Smithsonite Coatings Upon Exposed Sphalerite.

Analytical data

Result OF SPHOL. FROM MARKLE: 66.58 ZN
Result 0.44 IRON, 0.26 SILICA, 35.54 SULPHUR = 100.82% 66.42 0.23 0.29 32.82 99.76

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Chemical Sediment > Chert
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Ordovician

Nearby scientific data

(1) -92.8224, 36.3348
(2) -92.81889, 36.33944

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR

Comments on the geologic information

  • THE SMALLER RAVINE IN WHICH THE MINE IS SITUATED IS IN A SLIGHT FAULT WITH THE DOWN THROW OF ABOUT 25' ON THE SE SIDE. THE SACCHAROIDAL SANDSTONE IS ON THE SOUTH SIDE AT THE TOP OF THE SHAFT, BUT THE ADJACENT TUNNEL IS IN BRECCIATED CHERT OF ORDOVICIAN AGE. THE CHERT IS BROKEN INTO LARGE AND SMALL FRAGMENTS WITH FRAGMENTS OF CLEAN, WHITE SANDSTONE EMBEDDED IN THE CHERT.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Year of first production 1891

Mining district

District name North Arkansas Zinc Region

Land status

Ownership category Private

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Underground
    Length 15.24M
    Overall depth 23.47M

Comments on the workings information

  • SHAFT: 77 FEET DEEP THROUGH BROKEN SANDSTONE & LIMESTONE CONTAINING SEAMS OF 'TALLOW CLAY:. A HORIZONTAL 50 FOOT TUNNEL OPENS OUT ON THE BOTTOM OF THE GULCH CLOSE TO THE SHAFT. A STEAM CRUSHER AND HAND JIGS HAVE BEEN IN OPERATION, AND IT WAS REPORTED THAT 70 OR 80 TONS OF ORE HAVE BEEN SHIPPED FROM THIS MINE, PART OF IT BLENDS AND PART OF IT SMITHSONITE. ONLY ORE FOUND IN SHAFT WAS SOME SPHALERITE NEAR THE BOTTOM.

Comments on development

  • "WORK FIRST BEGAN HERE IN FEBRUARY, 1891". WHEN VISITED BY PROFESSOR PURDUE IN JULY, 1900, MINE WAS NOT IN OPERATION, SHAFT WAS FILLED WITH WATER.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS W032541

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. 87-90 USGS RESTON (241) AR5 SEE THE YELLVILLE SHEET IN THAT BOOK

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit ST. JOE MBL 20' ABOVE ZINC BEARING HORIZON. WHEN VISITED BY STATE GEOLOGIST BRANNER IN JAN., 1892, HE FOUND SEVERAL EXAMPLES OF LARGE SPHALERITE CRYSTALS WITH COATINGS OF SMITHSONITE. ALSO, SEAMS OF TALLOW CLAY TO 2 FEET THICK.
Deposit ONLY GALENA FOUND WAS AS LARGE CRYSTALS EMBEDDED IN COMPACT GRAY CHERT. ; 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