Exploration geochemical studies of some sandstone copper-uranium deposits, Bradford, Columbia, and Lycoming Counties, Pa

Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
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Semi-quantitative spectrographic analyses of mineralized and unmineralized sandstone, siltstone, and claystone from the Catskill Formation of Devonian age in Bradford, Columbia, and Lycoming Counties, Pa., suggest that copper, silver, and uranium are the principal metallic elements concentrated in the mineralized rock. Lead, mercury, and molybdenum may be concentrated slightly in mineralized rock but values are too low to be of use in exploration. The deposits are too small to make large anomalies in stream sediments except in drainage basins of less than a few acres. However, if a large deposit were exposed to weathering, it would probably be detectable by stream sediment sampling. Analyses of oxalic acid leachates of the minus 80-mesh fraction of the stream-sediment samples gave more useful values than analyses of the minus 80-mesh samples in separating drainage basins that have copper deposits from those that have no known copper deposits.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Exploration geochemical studies of some sandstone copper-uranium deposits, Bradford, Columbia, and Lycoming Counties, Pa
Series title Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
Volume 5
Issue 5
Year Published 1977
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description 13 p.
First page 609
Last page 621
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Bradford County, Columbia County, Lycoming County
Other Geospatial Beaver Lake, Grassmere Park, New Albany
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