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Reconnaissance for radioactive deposits in the Darby Mountains, Seward Peninsula, Alaska, 1948

Circular 300

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Abstract

Radioactivity in the southern and eastern parts of the Darby Mountains, Seward Peninsula, Alaska, appears to be directly related to the occurrence of granite. Concentrates from placers derived from areas containing granite are more radioactive than concentrates from placers not derived from the granite and, generally, contain from 0.01 to 0.05 percent equivalent uranium. The radioactivity of these concentrates is largely due to radioactive elements in common accessory minerals in granite, such as sphene, allanite, zircon, and, locally, monazite. Locally, in the Clear Creek-Vulcan Creek rea, the headwaters of the Kwiniuk River, and on Golovnin Bay near McKinley Creek, concentrates from placers derived from granitic terrain contain as much as 0.1 percent equivalent uranium. The higher radioactivity of the concentrates from the Clear Creek area and on Golovnin Bay is due chiefly to an unidentified uranium-titanium niobate, whereas the higher radioactivity at the headwaters of the Kwiniuk River is due to thorianite.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Reconnaissance for radioactive deposits in the Darby Mountains, Seward Peninsula, Alaska, 1948
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
300
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1953
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
[U.S. Geological Survey],
Description:
7 p. :fold. map (in pocket) tables. ;27 cm.