Major Durham

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10081000
MRDS ID W032545
Record type Site
Current site name Major Durham

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -92.80518, 36.3623 (WGS84)
Elevation 305
Relative position ABOUT 2.15 MILES SE OF MONARCH, PROBABLY JUST NORTH OF RT. 14
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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 17W 20 SW4 Arkansas

Comments on the location information

  • "ON A TRIBUTARY OF EAST SUGAR LOAF CREEK, ON THE SIDE OF THE PLATEAU ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1969

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Zinc Primary
Lead Tertiary

Comments on the commodity information

  • THIS SITE SUGGESTS PRIMARY DEPOSITION OF SMITHSONITE

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Hydrozincite Ore
Smithsonite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Calcite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Chert Fragments Decomposed. St. Joe Marble Hosts Cavern Filled W/Boone Chert Fragments.

Host and associated rocks

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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -92.80518, 36.3623

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR

Comments on the geologic information

  • PROFESSOR PURDUE SUGGESTS THIS WAS ONCE A CAVERN WHOSE ROOF OF BOONE CHERT HAD FALLEN IN, FOLLOWED LATER BY DEPOSITION OF SMITHSONITE AND HYDROZINCITE, NOW ASSOCIATED WITH CALCITE AND QUARTZ. THERE HAS BEEN NO DISPLACEMENT OF THE ST. JOE MARBLE.

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/Underground
    Overall depth 11.58M

Comments on the workings information

  • OPEN CUT 30X40 FEET INTO HILLSIDE, 18 FEET DEEP AT INNER END IS PRINCIPAL OPENING; APPARENTLY IS FILLED WITH BOONE CHERT. FLOOR OF CUT IS 7 FEET BELOW THE ST. JOE MARBLE. 20 FEET TO NORTH OF NORTH SIDE OF CUT IS SHAFT 38 FEET DEEP IN SOLID, UNBROKEN, ORDOVICIANLST. SPHALERITE WAS FOUND ONLY IN THE BOTTOM SIX FEET OF THIS SHAFT, WITH CALCITE IN SOMEWHAT BRECCIATED LIMESTONE.

Comments on development

  • ABOUT 20 TONS OF SMITHSONITE WERE PRESENT ON THE DUMP IN YEAR 1900 AS WELL AS 3-4 TONS OF SPHALERITE BEARING ROCK FROM THE SHAFT.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS W032545

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. BANNER, P. 92-93 USGS RESTON (241) AR5 (AND YELLVILLE MAP THAT ACCOMPANIES THAT BOOK)

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit WHEN HE SAYS THE CUT IS FILLED WITH DECOMPOSED CHERT I SUPPOSE HER MEANS THAT THE CUT WAS MADE INTO A DEPOSIT OF CHERT FRAGMENTS. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Deposit "SACHARROIDAL SANDSTONE IS LACKING AT THIS SITE.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-MAY-1982 Wright, Noel J. (Calkins, James A.) U.S. Geological Survey