Big Smoke Group

The Big Smoke Group is a feldspar and beryllium mine located in Pennington county, South Dakota at an elevation of 4,501 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

Mine Info

Name: Big Smoke Group  

State:  South Dakota

County:  Pennington

Elevation: 4,501 Feet (1,372 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Feldspar, Beryllium

Lat, Long: 43.85778, -103.37472

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Big Smoke Group MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Big Smoke Group
Secondary: Trail Hill Feldspar Dike
Secondary: Big Smoke No 1
Secondary: Big Smoke No 2


Commodity

Primary: Feldspar
Primary: Beryllium
Tertiary: Mica


Location

State: South Dakota
County: Pennington
District: Unorganized District


Land Status

Land ownership: National Forest
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.
Administrative Organization: Black Hills


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Surface


Ownership

Owner Name: Consolidated Feldspar Corp. Of Trenton, N. J.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Interior Plains
Physiographic Province: Great Plains Province
Physiographic Section: Black Hills


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Pegmatite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Pegmatite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Beryl
Ore: Muscovite
Gangue: Siderite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Tourmaline


Comments

Comment (Production): SEVERAL TONS

Comment (Workings): CONSIST OF AN L-SHAPED OPENCUT ABOUT 25 FEET IN EACH DIMENSION

Comment (Location): ADJOINS THE PUT AND BERYL CLAIMS ON THE NORTH

Comment (Commodity): BERYL OCCURS IN IRREGULAR SEGREGATIONS OF MICA

Comment (Deposit): CONSISTS OF THREE UNPATENTED CLAIMS. THERE ARE SEVERAL PEGMATITE DIKES ON THE CLAIMS. THE BIG SMOKE NO. 1 IS THE ONLY ONE OF PARTICULAR PROMISE


References

Reference (Deposit): USBM INFO CIRC 7707, P. 67

Reference (Deposit): SDSMT BULL 18


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