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Geochemical map of the Guadalupe Escarpment Wilderness Study Area, Eddy County, New Mexico

Miscellaneous Field Studies Map 1560-B

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Abstract

During 1982, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Mines conducted field investigations to evaluate the mineral resource potential of the Guadalupe Escarpment Wilderness Study Area. Field studies included geologic mapping, geochemical sampling, and a survey of known mines, prospects, and mineralized zones. This map presents the results of a geochemical survey of the area by the Geological Survey and complements the mineral resource assessment of the area by Hayes and others (1983).

The Guadalupe Escarpment Wilderness Study Area encompasses approximately 21,300 acres along Guadalupe Ridge in the southern end of the Guadalupe Mountains about 35 miles southwest of Carlsbad, N. Mex. (fig. 1). The area trends northeasterly, is bounded on the south by the Texas State line and the northern boundary of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The study area is bounded on the northeast by Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The area comprises several narrow, gently sloping mesas bounded by deeply incised canyons. Elevations range from 7,413 feet on Camp Wilderness Ridge to approximately 4,875 feet at Franks Spring. A rough jeep road along the northwest boundary of the study area can be reached by U.S. Forest Service roads from the northwest. The southeastern part of the study area can be approached via unimproved ranch roads leading off U.S. Highway 62-180.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Geochemical map of the Guadalupe Escarpment Wilderness Study Area, Eddy County, New Mexico
Series title:
Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
Series number:
1560
Chapter:
B
Year Published:
1985
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Description:
Plate: 44.32 x 31.57 inches
Country:
United States
State:
New Mexico
County:
Eddy County
Other Geospatial:
Guadalupe Escarpment Wilderness Study Area
Scale:
0
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
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