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Preliminary report on uranium deposits in the Miller Hill area, Carbon County, Wyoming

Trace Elements Investigations 315

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Abstract

A sequence of radioactive rocks of Miocene (?) age, the Browns Park formation, in the Miller Hill area of southern Wyoming is more than 1,000 feet thick. The formation crops out in an area of approximately 600 square miles, and consists of a basal conglomerate, tuffs, tuffaceous limy sandstones, and thin persistent radioactive algal limestones. Uranium is concentrated in both algal limestones and in tuffaceous limy sandstones. The uranium is believed to have been deposited. at least in part with the sediments, rather than to have come in at a later date. The highest uranium values were found in a widespread algal limestone bed, which contains as much as 0. 15 percent uranium. Values of 0.01 percent uranium or more were obtained from 8 samples taken from approximately 220 feet of stratigraphic section in the Browns Park formation. This is the first reported occurrence of limestone source rock from Wyoming that has been found to contain a commercial grade of uranium. The economic possibilities of the area have not been determined adequately and no estimates of tonnage are warranted at the present time. An airborne radiometric survey was made by the Geophysics Branch of the Geological Survey, of the west half of the area, recommended by the writer for investigation. Ground check of all anomalies reported at that time showed that they were in localities where the background radiation was much higher than average. Additional localities with high background radiation were found on the ground in the area east of that which was flown.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Preliminary report on uranium deposits in the Miller Hill area, Carbon County, Wyoming
Series title:
Trace Elements Investigations
Series number:
315
Year Published:
1953
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
Report: 46 p.; Plate: 26.39 inches x 30.24 inches
Country:
United States
State:
Wyoming
County:
Carbon County
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
Y