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Preliminary report on diamond-drill exploration on Outlaw Mesa, Mesa County, Colorado

Trace Elements Memorandum 295

This report concerns work done on behalf of the Division of Raw Materials of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
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Abstract

Outlaw Mesa is northeast of the Dolores River, about 10 miles southeast of Gateway, Mesa County, Colo. It is an oval-shaped area of about 17 square miles lying mostly within T. 50 N., R. 17 W«, and T. 50 No, R. 18 W., New Mexico principal meridian. The area is accessible by three unimproved roads from Colorado Highway 141. The altitude of the mesa ranges from about 5,500 feet to over 7,000 feet. Total production from Outlaw Mesa from 1914 to 1949 was about 4,000 tons of carnotite ore, having an estimated grade of about 0.50 percent U30Q and 2.5 percent V2O5. The production from 1949 to October 1951 was about 18,000 tons, having an estimated grade of about 0.35 percent U3O8 and 1.6 percent V2O5. About 80 percent of the production from 1949 to October 1951 was from deposits discovered by U. S. Geological Survey diamond-drilling in public land, now leased to the Climax Uranium Co. A more complete history of mining and production OE Outlaw Mesa has been given in earlier reports. The results of Geological Survey exploration on Outlaw Mesa are summarized in this preliminary report. A final and more comprehensive report will be transmitted later. No additional drilling is planned.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Preliminary report on diamond-drill exploration on Outlaw Mesa, Mesa County, Colorado
Series title:
Trace Elements Memorandum
Series number:
295
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1952
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
Report: 9 p.; Plate: 23.89 inches x 32.98 inches
Country:
United States
State:
Colorado
County:
Mesa County