Bovill Clay-Sand Mine

The Bovill Clay-Sand Mine is a kaolin mine located in Latah county, Idaho at an elevation of 3,051 feet.

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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: Bovill Clay-Sand Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Latah

Elevation: 3,051 Feet (930 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Kaolin

Lat, Long: 46.8425, -116.42720

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Bovill Clay-Sand Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Bovill Clay-Sand Mine
Secondary: Kilbourne
Secondary: Simplot
Secondary: Balsa


Commodity

Primary: Kaolin
Secondary: Silica


Location

State: Idaho
County: Latah
District: Bovill Area


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: Clearwater National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: J. R. Simplot Co.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1943
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: M


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Clearwater Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: LENSES


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Kaolinization


Rocks

Not available


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 20.0 TO 21.8% AVG AL2O3
Analytical Data: 4% AVG FE2O3 IN CLAY. WASHED SAND YIELDED 96 AND 99% SIO2.


Materials

Ore: Halloysite


Comments

Comment (Location): E PART LATAH CO. W OF W FK POTLATCH RIVER. DEPOSIT IS ALSO IN SECS. 35, 36, T41N, R1W.

Comment (Development): 10 HOLES DRILLED BY US BUR MINES ; ECON.COM: UP TO 20 FT OVERBURDEN. RATIO OF OVERBURDEN TO HIGH-ALUMINA CLAY IS ABOUT 0.6:1

Comment (Workings): 1550 ACRES

Comment (Geology): DEPOSIT IS IN NE CORNER OF THE HELMER EMBAYMENT


References

Reference (Deposit): 5) BAINS, T.S., 1961, A STUDY OF NON-CLAY MINERALS IN BOVILL CLAY DEPOSITS: MOSCOW, IDAHO, UNIV. OF IDAHO, MS THESIS, 45 P.

Reference (Deposit): 6) MINOBRAS (PUB.), 1975, IDAHO INDUSTRIAL MINERALS, P. 42.

Reference (Deposit): 7) CARTER, W. D., 1964, SILICA, IN MINERAL AND WATER RESOURCES OF IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY SPEC. REPT. 1, P. 176-178.

Reference (Deposit): 1957 OTHER IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY CO. REPT. 2

Reference (Production): HUBBARD, C. R., 1956, IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOL. PAMPHLET 109, 36 P.

Reference (Deposit): 8) KELLY, H. J., AND OTHERS, 1963, BOVILL CLAY AND SAND DEPOSIT, LATAH COUNTY, IDAHO: US BUR MINES REPT. INV. 6330, 56 P.

Reference (Deposit): 1943 DIREXPL US BUR MINES, INF. CIRC, 8112

Reference (Deposit): 1944 GEOLMAP J. W. HOSTERMAN AND OTHERS, BULL. 1091

Reference (Deposit): 1956 COMPILE IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 109

Reference (Deposit): 1956 DIREXPL J. R. SIMPLOT CO. AND US BUR MINES, REPT. INV. 6330

Reference (Deposit): CARTER, G. J., KELLY, H. J., AND PARSONS, E. W., 1962, INDUSTRIAL SILICA DEPOSITS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: US BUR MINES INF. CIRC. 8112, 57 P.

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

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

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


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