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Botanical prospecting for uranium in the Circle Cliffs area, Garfield County, Utah

Trace Elements Investigations 604

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Abstract

Astragalus pattersoni and Stanleya pinnata broadly define some uraniferous localities adjacent to the contact of the Moenkopi formation and the Shinarump member of the Chinle formation, but the general paucity of Astragalus in the Circle Cliffs area limits the usefulness of this genus. Astragalus pattersoni, Stanleya pinnata, and Aster venustus(?) may serve as guides to mineralized parts of the Salt Wash sandstone member of the Morrison formation in the Circle Cliffs area. Thick and thin sandstones of the Shinarump member generally can be distinguished by pinyon-juniper ration studies. These studies may supplement drilling to define channel-fill sandstones which are associated with ore deposits in the Circle Cliffs area. Ratio studies appear to be applicable to other areas throughout the Colorado Plateau where similar geological and ecological conditions exist.

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Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Botanical prospecting for uranium in the Circle Cliffs area, Garfield County, Utah
Series title:
Trace Elements Investigations
Series number:
604
Year Published:
1956
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
41 p.
Number of Pages:
43
Country:
United States
State:
Utah
County:
Garfield County
Other Geospatial:
Circle Cliffs