Big Star Mine

Occurrence in Marion county in Arkansas, United States with commodity Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10081005
MRDS ID W032552
Record type Site
Current site name Big Star Mine
Related records 10284127

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -92.66267, 36.35147 (WGS84)
Elevation 244
Location accuracy 100(meters)
Relative position 2.8 MILES NW OF FAIRVIEW, Small Scale Map Elev. Is A Rough Estimate, Small Scale Map Elev. Is A Rough Estimate, Small Scale Map Elev. Is A Rough Estimate, Small Scale Map Elev. Is A Rough Estimate
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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 16W 22 SE4 Arkansas

Comments on the location information

  • ON SIDE OF BOONE CHERT PLATEAU. MAY BE JUST TO SW OF A ROAD WHICH CLIMBS ONTO PLATEAU IN SW QUARTER OF SECTION 23 ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1969

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Zinc Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Sphalerite Ore

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Dolomite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Ordovician

Nearby scientific data

(1) -92.66267, 36.35147

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR
    Dip 3-4 DEGREES S. 20 DEGREES W

Controls for ore emplacement

  • In Small Cavities, Up To Forty Per Square Foot.

Comments on the geologic information

  • ROCK IS FULL OF SMALL CAVITIES (UP TO FORTY PER SQUARE FOOT) WITH MINUTE QUARTZ CRYSTALS LINING THEM, SOME WITH SPHALERITE IN THE CENTER. ORE BEARING ROCK IS 150 FEET BELOW 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

Comments on the workings information

  • CUT #1: 30X20X4 FEET DEEP, IN CREEK BED. CUT 2 IS 90 FEET SOUTH, AND IS 80'X40'X5 FEET DEEP. SHAFT, ONE IS 50 FEET DEEP AND PASSES THROUGH A 12 FOOT THICK ORE BED, THE SAME AS THAT EXPOSE IN OPEN CUT #1. SHAFT 2 IS 45 FEET DEEP AND PENETRATES THE SAME ORE BED AS SHAFT 1.

Comments on development

  • A STEAM CRUSHER AND JIGS HAD BEEN ERECTED ON THIS SITE, AND AT THIS TIME A.H. PURDUE INSPECTED IT FIVE OR SIX TONS OF ORE HAD BEEN SACKEDFOR SHIPMENT.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS W032552

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. 98 USGS RESTON (241) AR5 (AND THE YELLVILLE SHEET IN THIS BOOK.

Reporter information

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