Black Hills Industrial Minerals 

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology


The purpose of the Black Hills industrial minerals project is to serve as an informative source of mineral resources in the Black Hills, and thus assisting students in research and design projects, as well as providing the general public with information about the mineral resources of the region.     It is hoped that the information may provide the basis for more effective use of the mineral resources in our region.  

At SDSM&T, the departments that will be the primary users of the following information include  Geology and Geological Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Materials and Metallurgical Engineering.



Definition of an Industrial Mineral


Directory of Black Hills Minerals


Searchable Database of Industrial and Metallic Minerals and Mines in the Black Hills (Recommended browser of IE4+ or Mozilla)


Interactive Map of Black Hills Mines


References and Additional Items of Interest

Background: The Abandoned Mine Lands Database, contracted by the SD Dept of Environment and Natural Resources in the mid 1990's, served as the source database.  Eric Holm is thanked for his assistance with this aspect.  The mine database includes all abandoned and active mines in the Black Hills region, and not only for industrial minerals, but also for metallic resources.

As time allows, the web page will be updated and improved, and data in the database will be added and corrected. The interactive map segment is in its infancy, and we hope to add to this in the near future. We also intend to provide geological maps and show mines/deposits in relation to the host formations or rock types.  

If you have questions about the database, or suggestions for improvements, additions, or correction of errors, please contact the webmaster, Dr Colin J. Paterson

Acknowledgements: This web page was compiled by students (Krystal Price, Josh Price, Linda (Heindel) Foster, Reko Hargrave, and Dusty Johnson) and faculty (Dr Colin J. Paterson [Geology and Geological Engineering], and Dr J.J. Kellar [Materials and Metallurgical Engineering]) at SDSM&T during 2003-2004.  Rapid City Economic Development and the Western Research Alliance (Mr Bob DeMersseman), and Graduate Education and Sponsored Programs at SDSM&T (Dr Sherry Farwell) are gratefully acknowledged for providing financial support for the students to work on this project.