Olson Clay Deposit

The Olson Clay Deposit is a kaolin and clay mine located in Latah county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,799 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: Olson Clay Deposit  

State:  Idaho

County:  Latah

Elevation: 2,799 Feet (853 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Kaolin, Clay

Lat, Long: 46.7775, -116.63722

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Olson Clay Deposit MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Olson Clay Deposit


Commodity

Primary: Kaolin
Primary: Clay
Tertiary: Aluminum


Location

State: Idaho
County: Latah
District: Troy District


Land Status

Land ownership: Private
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.


Holdings

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Workings

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Ownership

Owner Name: Anaconda Co.
Years: 1957 -

Owner Name: Anaconda Mining Co.; A. P. Green Co.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1942
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: L


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Walla Walla Plateau
Physiographic Detail: Palouse Range


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

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Structure

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Alterations

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Rocks

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Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 0.72%K2O
Analytical Data: 1.65% TIO2
Analytical Data: 51.02% SIO2
Analytical Data: 5.85% FE2O3
Analytical Data: ALUMINA CONTENT OVER 20%. AVG COMPOSITION: 25.29% AL2O3


Materials

Ore: Nontronite


Comments

Comment (Commodity): 928 ACRES PROVEN TO BE UNDERLAIN BY HIGH-ALUMINA CLAY (WITH 22.2% AVAIL. ALUMINA). 22.4% ALUMINA IN THE HIGH-IRON CLAY AREA.

Comment (Deposit): 2000 ACRES. LENGTH AND WIDTH ABOVE REFER TO THE PROVEN 928 ACRES OF HIGH-ALUMINA DEPOSIT. THE HIGH-IRON CLAY DEPOSIT IS AREA 8000 FT BY 11,000 FT, AND IT CONTAINS AVERAGE 17.1% AVAILABLE FE OXIDE AND 22.4 AVAILABLE ALUMINA.

Comment (Deposit): AVERAGE SPECIFIC GRAVITY: 2.13

Comment (Geology): DEPOSITS AT SW ENTRANCE OF AVON EMBAYMENT. LATAH FORMATION - UNCONSOL. LACUSTRINE AND FLUVIAL SEDIMENTS.

Comment (Location): LARGEST PART IS N OF TROY-DEARY HIGHWAY. AREA LIMITED BIG BEAR CREEK ON E AND IN UPPER DRY CREEK DRAINAGE

Comment (Development): US BUR MINES DRILLED 268 HOLES TOTALING 12,147 FT, AND ASSAYED 2000 SAMPLES ; ECON.COM: 2 TO 35 FT. OVERBURDEN 15 FT LAYER OF NONTRONITE IN E PART OF AREA. RATIO OF OVERBURDEN: HI-ALUMINA CLAY IS 0.5:1

Comment (Reference): Moved from references: 1942 DIREXPL US BUR MINES 1954 DIREXPL ANACONDA MINING CO


References

Reference (Deposit): HUBBARD, C. R., 1957, MINERAL RESOURCES OF LATAH COUNTY: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY COUNTY REPT. 2, 29 P.

Reference (Deposit): HUBBARD, C. R., 1956, CLAY DEPOSITS OF NORTH IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 109, 36 P.

Reference (Deposit): HOSTERMAN, J. W., AND OTHERS, 1960, INVESTIGATIONS OF SOME CLAY DEPOSITS IN WASHINGTON AND IDAHO: USGS BULL. 1091, 147 P.

Reference (Deposit): 1954 DIREXPL ANACONDA MINING CO

Reference (Deposit): MINOBRAS (PUB.), 1975, IDAHO INDUSTRIAL MINERALS, P. 42.

Reference (Deposit): 1942 DIREXPL US BUR MINES

Reference (Deposit): MIHELICH, MIRO, 1950, HIGH ALUMINA CLAY: THE OLSON DEPOSIT: MOSCOW, IDAHO, UNIV. OF IDAHO, MS, EM THESIS, 54 P.


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