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Title: Uranium favorability of the San Rafael Swell area, east-central Utah

Abstract

The San Rafael Swell project area in east-central Utah is approximately 3,000 sq mi and includes the San Rafael Swell anticline and the northern part of the Waterpocket Fold monocline at Capitol Reef. Rocks in the area are predominantly sedimentary rocks of Pennsylvanian through Cretaceous age. Important deposits of uranium in the project area are restricted to two formations, the Chinle (Triassic) and Morrison (Jurassic) Formations. A third formation, the White Rim Sandstone (Permian), was also studied because of reported exploration activity. The White Rim Sandstone is considered generally unfavorable on the basis of lithologic characteristics, distance from a possible source of uranium, lack of apparent mineralization, and the scarcity of anomalies on gamma-ray logs or in rock, water, and stream-sediment samples. The lower Chinle from the Moss Back Member down to the base of the formation is favorable because it is a known producer. New areas for exploration are all subsurface. Both Salt Wash and Brushy Basin Members of the Morrison Formation are favorable. The Salt Wash Member is favorable because it is a known producer. The Brushy Basin Member is favorable as a low-grade resource.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Bendix Field Engineering Corp., Grand Junction, Colo. (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5292653
Report Number(s):
GJBX-72(77)
TRN: 78-002508
DOE Contract Number:  
EY-76-C-13-1664
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; URANIUM DEPOSITS; EXPLORATION; UTAH; GEOCHEMISTRY; SANDSTONES; STRATIGRAPHY; CHEMISTRY; GEOLOGIC DEPOSITS; GEOLOGY; NORTH AMERICA; ROCKS; SEDIMENTARY ROCKS; USA; 050200* - Nuclear Fuels- Exploration- (-1987)

Citation Formats

Mickle, D G, Jones, C A, Gallagher, G L, Young, P, and Dubyk, W S. Uranium favorability of the San Rafael Swell area, east-central Utah. United States: N. p., 1977. Web. doi:10.2172/5292653.
Mickle, D G, Jones, C A, Gallagher, G L, Young, P, & Dubyk, W S. Uranium favorability of the San Rafael Swell area, east-central Utah. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5292653
Mickle, D G, Jones, C A, Gallagher, G L, Young, P, and Dubyk, W S. Sat . "Uranium favorability of the San Rafael Swell area, east-central Utah". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/5292653. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5292653.
@article{osti_5292653,
title = {Uranium favorability of the San Rafael Swell area, east-central Utah},
author = {Mickle, D G and Jones, C A and Gallagher, G L and Young, P and Dubyk, W S},
abstractNote = {The San Rafael Swell project area in east-central Utah is approximately 3,000 sq mi and includes the San Rafael Swell anticline and the northern part of the Waterpocket Fold monocline at Capitol Reef. Rocks in the area are predominantly sedimentary rocks of Pennsylvanian through Cretaceous age. Important deposits of uranium in the project area are restricted to two formations, the Chinle (Triassic) and Morrison (Jurassic) Formations. A third formation, the White Rim Sandstone (Permian), was also studied because of reported exploration activity. The White Rim Sandstone is considered generally unfavorable on the basis of lithologic characteristics, distance from a possible source of uranium, lack of apparent mineralization, and the scarcity of anomalies on gamma-ray logs or in rock, water, and stream-sediment samples. The lower Chinle from the Moss Back Member down to the base of the formation is favorable because it is a known producer. New areas for exploration are all subsurface. Both Salt Wash and Brushy Basin Members of the Morrison Formation are favorable. The Salt Wash Member is favorable because it is a known producer. The Brushy Basin Member is favorable as a low-grade resource.},
doi = {10.2172/5292653},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/5292653}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1977},
month = {10}
}