Mineral resource potential map of the Natural Area Roadless Area, Baker County, Florida

Miscellaneous Field Studies Map 1572- B
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The Natural Area Roadless Area, which is in the Osceola National Forest in Baker County, Fla., is underlain by sedimentary rocks containing phosphate deposits that are not a potential mineral resource by todays standards. The region has a low potential for oil and gas and virtually no potential for other valuable minerals. The phosphate deposits are either slightly low in tonnage and P2O5 content, high in MgO and/or Fe2O3 + Al2O3, or the ratio of CaO to P2O5 is too high for deposits that can be mined profitably at the present time. A low potential for oil and gas is indicated by the numerous dry holes in the region and the absence of the formations that contain these hydrocarbons in southern and westernmost Florida. The only mineral material that has been produced in the study area is clayey sand, used in stabilizing Forest Service roads. This type of clayey sand has no particular value because there are virtually unlimited quantities in the surrounding region. The peaty material in the area is too high in ash content to be mined. Large quantities of limestone underlie the area but are too deeply buried to be quarried. Heavy-mineral and clay deposits, which are mined elsewhere in northern peninsular Florida, are not present in the study area.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Mineral resource potential map of the Natural Area Roadless Area, Baker County, Florida
Series title Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
Series number 1572
Chapter B
DOI 10.3133/mf1572B
Year Published 1983
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description Report: 16 p.; Plate: 50.96 x 32.49 inches
Country United States
State Florida
County Baker County
Other Geospatial Natural Area Roadless Area, Osceola National Forest
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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