As part of a comprehensive investigation of the phosphate deposits of the western field begun in 1947, the U. S. Geological Survey has measured and sampled the Permian Phosphoria formation at many localities in Wyoming and adjacent states. Because these data will not be fully synthesized for many years, segments of the data, accompanied by little or no interpretation, will be published as preliminary reports as they are assembled. This report, which contains abstracts of some of the sections measured in western Wyoming (pl. 1), is one of this series. The field and laboratory procedures adopted in these investigations are described rather fully in a companion report (McKelvey and others, 1952a).
Many people have taken part in this investigation. R. M. Campbell, R. A. Gulbrandsen, R. A. Harris, D. M. Larrabee, F. W. O‘Malley, O. A. Payne, R. S. Sears, R. P. Sheldon, and R. A. Smart participated in the description of the strata and the collection of the samples referred to in this report. D. B. Dimick, H. A. Larsen, and T. K. Rigby assisted in the preparation of exposures and the crushing and splitting of samples in the field. The laboratory preparation of samples for chemical analysis was done in Denver, Colo., under the direction of W. P. Huleatt.
Most of the P2O5 and acid-insoluble analyses were made for the Survey by the U. S. Bureau of Mines at the Northwest Electrodevelopment Laboratory, Albany, Oreg., under the direction of S. M. Shelton and M. L. Wright. Most of the Al2O3, Fe2O3, and loss-on-ignition analyses were made by the Trace Elements Section laboratory of the Survey in Washington, D. C., under the direction of J. C. Rabbitt by chemists I. Barlow, A. Caemmerer, J. Greene, F. S. Grimadli, N. Guttag, H. Levine, H. Mela, Jr., and R. G. Milkey, and most of the spectrographic reports were prepared in this laboratory by C. L. Waring. The samples from one locality (Coal Canyon) were analyzed for P2O5, Al2O3, Fe2O3, V2O5, F, loss on ignition, and acid insoluble in the Chemical Laboratory of the Tennessee Valley Authority at Wilson Dam, Alabama, and spectrographically by D. M. Mortimer, of the Bureau of Mines at Albany.
Compilation of the data has been largely by R. P. Sheldon and F. D. Frieske under the supervision of R. W. Swanson. Organization of the tabular data has been largely by Anita Cozzetto.