Geology and mineralization of the Wyoming Province

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The Wyoming Province is an Archean craton which underlies portions of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and much of Wyoming. The cratonic block consists of Archean age granite-gneiss with interspersed greenstone belts and related supracrustal terranes exposed in the cores of several Laramide uplifts. Resources found in the Province and in the adjacent accreted Proterozoic terrane include banded iron formation, Au, Pt, Pd, W, Sn, Cr, Ni, Zn, Cu, and diamonds. The Province shows many similarities to the mineral-rich cratons of the Canadian shield, the Rhodesian and Transvaal cratons of southern Africa, and the Pilbara and Yilgarn blocks of Western Australia, where much of the world's precious and strategic metal and gemstone resources are located.

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Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Geology and mineralization of the Wyoming Province
Year Published:
Publ by Soc of Mining Engineers of AIME
Publisher location:
Littleton, CO, United States
Larger Work Title:
Preprint - Society of Mining Engineers of AIME
Conference Title:
1991 SME Annual Meeting
Conference Location:
Denver, CO, USA
Conference Date:
25 February 1991 through 28 February 1991