Arkansas is one of the only places in the world with a large enough quartz supply to justify commercial mining. Mines have been established all along the quot;quartz beltquot; that runs through the Ouachita Mountains. It39;s believed that only 4% o the state39;s quartz have been removed. The crystals are used for computers, radios, and clocks.
The mine and mill were closed indefinitely in 1982 and remained on standby through 1983. Facilities were reopened in July 1984 and operated at capacity for the remainder of the year. The orebody geometries were funnel shaped to pipe like. The deposits, exposed at the surface on steep hill slopes, were an ideal shape for open pit mining.
Five are in the Russellville area office, closer to coal mining sites in the Arkansas River Valley in west Arkansas. Non coal resources currently mined in Arkansas are soil, clay, shale, gravel, stone, limestone, sand, gypsum, bauxite, and novaculite.
APCamp;EC Regulation 15, the Arkansas Open Cut Mining and Land Reclamation Regulation that was adopted pursuant to Arkansas Act 827 of 1991, provides non coal mining operations with performance standards to be followed during mining and during the process of reclaiming the land to a beneficial use.
Besides major markets in common construction sand, the industrial sand component is marketed as hydraulic frac sand. A third mine, operated by Delta Company, opened in 2007 in eastern Pulaski County, where sand is open pit mined from Quaternary deposits adjacent to the Arkansas River. The product from this mine is marketed as hydraulic frac sand.
The mine was first discovered in 2008 and was open to the public in 2012. The mine is easily be accessed. It offers a lot of other non mining activities as well such a camping, nature viewing, hiking and picnicking opportunities. So if you want a variety of outdoor activities, then this is a good mine to visit in Arkansas. Clear Creek Crystal Mine