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 to assist students in research and design projects, as well as provide 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.

...Site Is Still Under Construction...


Definition of an Industrial Mineral


Directory of Black Hills Minerals


Searchable Database of Industrial Minerals in the Black Hills


Searchable Database of Active and Inactive Mines in the Black Hills Region


Interactive Map of Black Hills Mines (under construction)


References and Additional Items of Interest

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 Graduate Education and Sponsored Programs at SDSM&T are acknowledged for providing financial support for the students.

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.

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