Big Buffalo

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10081012
MRDS ID W032562
Record type Site
Current site name Big Buffalo
Related records 10235319

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -92.69184, 36.31119 (WGS84)
Elevation 290
Relative position ABOUT 6.0 MILES W. 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 19N 16W 5 SE4 Arkansas

Comments on the location information

  • ON THE DRAINAGE BASIN OF BLUFFY FORK OF JIMMY'S CREEK, JUST NORTH OF DIVIDE FROM MOCASSIN FORK'S NW SOURCE; ON A TRIBUTARY TO BLUFFY FORK ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1969

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Zinc Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Smithsonite Ore
Sphalerite Ore

Alteration

  • (Local) A Secondary Chert Has Cemented In The Sphalerite Filled Brecciated Chert

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Pyroclastic Rock > Volcanic Breccia (Agglomerate)
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Ordovician

Nearby scientific data

(1) -92.69184, 36.31119

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR

Comments on the geologic information

  • IN SOME CASES THE SPHALERITE IS DEPOSITED BETWEEN THIN LAYERS OF QUARTZ

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

  • AN OPEN CUT NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE GULCH 30 FEET BY 15 BY 12 FEET ON THE FACE. THE ORE IS SPHALERITE DISSEMINATED THROUGH THE BRECCIATED CHERT IN CRYSTALS SOME THE SIZE OF A NAZEL NUT, AND SOME GRAY AND BROWN SMITHSONITE COATING ROCKS AND LINING CAVITIES IN THEM

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS W032562

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. 106-107 USGS RESTON (241) AR5 (SEE YELLVILLE SHEET FOR PICTURE OF GEOLOGY)

Reporter information

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