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Potash brines in the Great Salt Lake Desert, Utah: Chapter B in Contributions to economic geology (short papers and preliminary reports), 1927: Part I - Metals and nonmetals except fuels

Bulletin 795-B

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Abstract

During and immediately after the war the brines of the Salduro Marsh, in the Great Salt Lake Desert, were a source of considerable potash for the domestic supply. Although no potash has been produced from these brines in the last few years, a continued interest in the area has been shown by a large number of filings, in different parts of the desert, under the potash law of October 2, 1917 (40 Stat. 297), and the regulations issued under that law by the Department of the Interior on March 21, 1918, in Circular 594 (46 L. D. 323).

As the basis for appropriate action on these permit, lease, and patent filings the Department of the Interior required information concerning the mode of occurrence, distribution, and general characteristics of the potassium-bearing brines in this region. Field investigation was accordingly undertaken for the primary purpose of satisfying these requirements.

The work was done by the Geological Survey and the General Land Office in cooperation with the Bureau of Mines. The Bureau of Mines furnished an autotruck and a mechanic, who also assisted in the field work, and, for a period of a month, a mine rescue car, which permitted the establishment of headquarters in parts of the desert far from sources of supplies and water. The General Land Office surveyed the boundaries of townships over the desert and located the drill holes from which samples of brine were taken.

The writer directed the work for the Geological Survey, and the analyses of the samples of brine were made in the Survey's chemical laboratory. The greater part of the field work was done between April 17 and July 7, 1925, and the work was finished during the two periods August 17-26 and September 30 to October 2. Adverse weather throughout the season hindered the work.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Potash brines in the Great Salt Lake Desert, Utah: Chapter B in Contributions to economic geology (short papers and preliminary reports), 1927: Part I - Metals and nonmetals except fuels
Series title:
Bulletin
Series number:
795
Chapter:
B
Year Published:
1927
Language:
English
Publisher:
Government Printing Office
Publisher location:
Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s):
Utah Water Science Center
Description:
20 p.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title:
Contributions to economic geology (short papers and preliminary reports), 1927: Part I - Metals and nonmetals except fuels (Bulletin 795)
First page:
25
Last page:
44
Country:
United States
State:
Utah
Other Geospatial:
Great Salt Lake Desert