Uranium deposits in the Jackpile Sandstone, New Mexico

Economic Geology



Ultimate sources of uranium are believed to be either fluids from Morrison volcanoes (not demonstrable) or labile constituents in the Jackpile Sandstone. Petrographic studies indicate considerable pre-Dakota diagenesis, which would have made uranium in feldspars, heavy minerals, and volcanic debris available. Deposition of uranium occurred while host sandstone was near the surface during the pre-Dakota hiatus. Sedimentary permeability was the principal factor in distribution of ore and of the organic decomposition products that precipitated it.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Uranium deposits in the Jackpile Sandstone, New Mexico
Series title Economic Geology
DOI 10.2113/gsecongeo.63.7.737
Volume 63
Issue 7
Year Published 1968
Language English
Publisher Society of Economic Geologists
Description 14 p.
First page 737
Last page 750
Country United States
State New Mexico
Other Geospatial Jackpile Sandstone
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