Reconnaissance for uranium in New Mexico in 1953

Trace Elements Investigations 419
This report concerns work done on behalf of the Division of Raw Materials of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission



In the fall of 1953 a reconnaissance search for uranium was made in the Datil area, west-central New Mexico, and in the Cerrillos, Glorieta, and Tecolote districts and the Las Vegas and Colfax Sill areas in north-central and northeastern New Mexico. Traces of radioactive materials were detected at many places and occurrences of uranium minerals that may be of possible economic significance were found in the Datil area, near the village of Datil. Small amounts of uranium are widespread in sandstone beds in the Mesaverde formation. The highest-grade sample contained 0.056 percent uranium.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Reconnaissance for uranium in New Mexico in 1953
Series title Trace Elements Investigations
Series number 419
DOI 10.3133/tei419
Year Published 1954
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description 30 p.
Time Range Start 1953-01-01
Time Range End 1953-12-31
Country United States
State New Mexico
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