Stratigraphic sections of the Phosphoria formation in Utah, 1947-48

Trace Elements Investigations 185
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As part of a comprehensive investigation of the phosphate deposits of the western field begun in 1947, the U. S. Geological survey has measured an sampled the full thickness of the Permian Phosphoria formation and its partial correlative, the Park City formation, at many localities in Utah and other western states. Although these data will not be fully analyzed for several years, segments of the data, accompanied by little or no interpretation, will be published as preliminary reports. This report, which contains abstracts of many of the sections measured in northeastern Utah (pl. 1), is one of this series. The field and laboratory procedures adopted in these investigations are described rather fully in a companion report (McKelvey and others, 1952).

A large number of people have taken part in this investigation. J. B. Collins, R. A. Gulbrandsen, R. A. Hoppin, J. A. Noel, F. W. O'Malley, O. A. Payne, J. F. Rominger, R. P. Sheldon, J. E. Smedley, and R. G. Waring participated in the description of strata and collection of samples referred to in this report. D. B. Dimick, H. A. Larsen, and T. K. Rigby assisted in the preparation of trenches and the crushing and splitting of samples in the field. The laboratory preparation of samples for chemical analysis was done in Denver, Colo., under the direction of W. P. Huleatt.

Most of the chemical analyses reported herein were made for the Survey by the U. S. Bureau of Mines at the Northwest Electrodevelopment Laboratory, Albany, Oreg., under the direction of S. M. Shelton and M. L. Wright. All the samples from one locality (Brazer Canyon) were analyzed in the Chemical Laboratory of the Tennessee Valley Authority at Wilson Dam, Ala. Some of the Al2O3, Fe2O3, and loss-on-ignition analyses were made in the Trace Elements Section laboratory of the Survey in Washington, D. C., under the direction of J. C. Rabbitt by chemists I. Barlow, A Caemmerer, J. Greene, N. Guttag, and E. H. Humphrey. The spectrographic analyses were made by D. M. Mortimer, of the Bureau of Mines in Albany.

Compilation of the data has been largely by R. P. Sheldon and F. D. Frieske under the supervision of R. W. Swanson. Organization of the tabular data has been largely by Anita Cozzetto.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Stratigraphic sections of the Phosphoria formation in Utah, 1947-48
Series title Trace Elements Investigations
Series number 185
DOI 10.3133/tei185
Year Published 1952
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description 51 p.
Time Range Start 1947-01-01
Time Range End 1948-12-31
Country United States
State Utah
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