Muddy Fork

Past Producer in Pike county in Arkansas, United States with commodity Mercury

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10103776
MRDS ID M055070
MAS/MILS ID 51090055
Record type Site
Current site name Muddy Fork
Related records 10186952

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -93.76389, 34.10222 (WGS84)
Elevation 146
Relative position 3.5 MILES NW OF MURFREESBORO
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arkansas Pike

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
5th Principal 007S 026W 34 SWSENW Arkansas

Comments on the location information

  • IC-8252 puts this location in T7S, R26W, Sc. 16, or about 3 miles to the NNW. Uncertain how both original MAS and MRDS records put it in Sec. 34. Location confirmed by Clardy and Bush (1976, p. 21, #8 on plate).

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Mercury Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cinnabar Ore

Analytical data

Result ORE YIELDED ABOUT 3 LB HG PER TON.

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Sandstone
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pennsylvanian

Nearby scientific data

(1) -93.76389, 34.10222

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Local Thrust Faults, Close Folds
Regional Thrust Faults, N-S Tear Faults, And Two Fold Systems ; Reg.Trends: Thrust Faults From S In Late Paleozoic

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Faults In Sandstone And Sharp Folds

Comments on the geologic information

  • CARBONIFEROUS FORMATIONS DIP S AND ARE DEFORMED BY THRUST FAULTS, TEAR FAULTS, BEDDING PLANE FAULTS, AND FOLDS

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation type Underground
Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1939
Discoverer Columbus Isaac Cornish
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place
Year of last production 1945
Production years 1943

Mining district

District name Arkansas Quicksilver District

Ownership information

  • Type Owner
    Owner Southern Kraft Paper Co.
    Year 1965
  • Type Owner
    Owner International Paper Co.
    Year 1944
  • Type Operator
    Owner Muddy Fork Mining Co.

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Underground

Comments on the workings information

  • 85 FT. SHAFT HAS BEEN SUNK. 26 FT INCLINED SHAFT. INOPERATIVE SINCE 1945.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M055070
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 51090055 =newMRDS 10186952, merged and deleted

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    BAILEY, E.H., USGS, PERSONAL FILES

  • Deposit

    Chester, 1965, USBM IC-8252, p. 84.

  • Production

    USBM DATA

  • Deposit

    Clardy, B.F., and Bush, W.V., 1976, Mercury district of southwest Arkansas: Arkansas Geological Commission Information Circular 23, 57 p.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit One of the southernmost occurrences of cinnabar.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 1973-09-01 Bergquist, Joel R. U.S. Geological Survey
Editor 2012-11-15 Wilson, Anna B U.S. Geological Survey merged and deleted duplicate record 10186952
Reporter 1980-05-20 Rlw U.S. Bureau of Mines MAS 0051090055 = 10186952