Big Elephant

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10081009
MRDS ID W032558
Record type Site
Current site name Big Elephant

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -92.71767, 36.35178 (WGS84)
Elevation 274
Relative position ABOUT 8.0 MILES NW OF FLIPPIN
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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 30 SW OF NW4 Arkansas

Comments on the location information

  • NEAR THE HEAD OF A VALLEY DRAINING TO BLUFFY FORK OF JIMMY'S CREEK; JUST DOWN IN RAVINE FROM A ROAD CROSSING HILLTOP'S FROM SW TO NE. MINE IS ON A SOUTH FACING HILL IN ROCK, BENEATH THE HILL-CAPPING BOONE CHERT & ST. JOE MARBLE ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1969

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Zinc Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Galena Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Smithsonite Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Dissolved Crystal Cavities In Lower Cut, Plus Quantity Of Smithsonite

Analytical data

Result PARTIAL ANALYSIS OF GALENA FROM UPPER CUT: PB, 84.72
Result S, 13.39
Result FE, 0.52
Result S
Result O2, 0.15
Result CU, TRACE. NO SILVER TOTAL 98.78%

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metasedimentary Rock > Quartzite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Dolomite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Chemical Sediment > Chert

Nearby scientific data

(1) -92.71767, 36.35178

Geologic structures

Type of structure Local
Structure description Chert Ledge 30 Feet Wide May Be Related To Ore Deposition

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR

Comments on the geologic information

  • THERE IS HERE A LEDGE OF CHERT ABOUT THIRTY FEET WIDE THAT APPEARS TO CUT ACROSS THE ST. JOE MARBLE AND SOME OF THE UNDERLYING BEDS

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 8.23M

Comments on the workings information

  • 3 OPEN CUTS AND A SHAFT, ONE ABOVE THE OTHER IN ORE BEARING ROCKS ON A SOUTH FACING HILL, WITH THE SHAFT OPENING ABOVE THE THIRD & HIGHEST CUT. THE SHAFT APPARENTLY PENETRATES NO ORE BEARING ROCKS, AS OF JAN. 6, 1892

Comments on development

  • LOWEST CUT HAS A TEN FOOT FACE. MIDDLE CUT IS 12'X12'8', 25 FEET ABOVE THE LOWEST CUT. UPPER CUT IS 30'X15'X12 FEET DEEP AT THE BACK. SHAFT OPENING IS 50 FEET ABOVE THE LOWEST CUT

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS W032558

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. 103 USGS RESTON (241) AR5 (PERTINENT MAP IS THE YELLVILLE SHEET IN THIS BOOK.)

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit LOWEST CUT YIELDS ONLY SPHALERITE, MIDDLE CUT YIELDS SPHALERITE AND GALENA, AND UPPERMOST CUT YIELDS ONLY GALENA
Deposit "ALTHOUGH THE SHAFT IS IN ROCKS AT THE HORIZON OF THE ST. JOE MARBLE THE ROCKS CUT ARE UNLIKE THE ST. JOE BEDS AT OTHER PLACES OBSERVED." ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT

Reporter information

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