The Dismal Swamp Placer Mine is a niobium (columbium) mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,900 feet.
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Elevation: 6,900 Feet (2,103 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Niobium (Columbium)
Lat, Long: 43.7294, -115.36920
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Dismal Swamp Placer Mine MRDS details
Primary: Dismal Swamp Placer Mine
Primary: Niobium (Columbium)
District: Rocky Bar Area
Land ownership: National Forest
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Administrative Organization: Boise National Forest
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Placer
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Sawtooth Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Sericite
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Holocene
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene
Analytical Data: IN THE AGGREGATE, THE GRAVEL CONTAINS 1.40 - 1.87 LBS. "WEAKLY MAGNETIC" MATERIAL/CUBIC YARD, AVERAGING 14 - 20% NB2O5 + TA2O5, AND .15 - .19% U3O8.
Comment (Location): 1 1/2 Mi. By Jeep Road From A Point On The Rocky Bar - Cougar Creek Road; On Headwaters Of Northwesternmost Principal Fork Of Buck Creek.
Comment (Development): Property Consists Of 10 Continuous, Unpatented Placer Mining Claims. Only Two Claims, Associated Gem Groups Nos. 2 & 3, Were Explored. ; Econ.Com: Graded Dirt Road To Within 20 Mi. Of Mountain Home, Id.; Rest Of The Way Is Paved. Union Pacific R. R. Passes Through Mountain Home.
Comment (Workings): Sixteen Bulldozer Trenches, 2 Shafts, And 25 Churn - Drill Holes Totaling 329.4 Ft. Of Drilling.
Reference (Deposit): Parker, R. L., 1964, Mineral Resources - Niobium And Tantalum, In Mineral And Water Resources Of Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Special Rept. No. 1, P. 142.
Reference (Deposit): 1951 Recon Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 91
Reference (Deposit): 1956 Compile Mackin, J. H., Prof. Paper 300
Reference (Deposit): 1957 Recon Anderson, F. C., Bulletin 1042 - K.
Reference (Deposit): 1964 Compile Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Spec. Rept. 1
Reference (Production): Parker, R. L., 1964, Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Spec. Rept. No. 1
Reference (Deposit): Armstrong, F. C., 1957, Dismal Swamp Placer Deposit, Elmore County, Idaho: U. S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1042 - K, P. 383 - 392.
Reference (Deposit): Savage, C. N., 1961, Economic Geology Of Central Idaho Blacksand Placers, Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology, Bulletin 17
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