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Location, description, and whole rock geochemistry of rocks from the Coles Hill uranium deposit and vicinity, south-central Virginia

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2017

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Zielinski, R.A., and Hall, S.M., 2019, Location, description, and whole rock geochemistry of rocks from the Coles Hill uranium deposit and vicinity, south-central Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9XM9E12.

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Major-element and trace-element concentrations in 76 core samples and seven surface samples of rocks from the Coles Hill uranium deposit and vicinity, Pittsylvania County, south-central Virginia are presented as tabular digital data. The Coles Hill deposit is the largest unmined uranium deposit in the United States. The data were collected to 1) characterize the chemistry of variably uranium-mineralized rock units within the deposit and 2) to compare with the chemistry of un-mineralized surface exposures of the same rock units. Cores were sampled in 2017 by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) personnel from archived historical collections of the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Core samples were selected based on measurable differences [...]

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These data were collected in support of an ongoing project within the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a genetic model for the Coles Hill uranium deposit. The purpose of this compilation of chemical data is to indicate the chemical signature of sodium metasomatic alteration that is closely associated with introduction of uranium to the host rocks. The data permit comparisons of the chemistry of variably altered and uranium-mineralized rocks to a baseline represented by the chemistry of unmineralized rocks from the vicinity of the deposit. Chemical indications of the ore-forming process will be linked with other indications based on isotopic and geochronologic measurements and mineralogic and petrologic observations. Understanding the ore-forming process and environment will aid in predicting the conditions and geologic setting suitable for similar type deposits in the United States and elsewhere.
Cole's Hill Uranium Deposit
Cole's Hill Uranium Deposit

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DOI https://www.sciencebase.gov/vocab/category/item/identifier doi:10.5066/P9XM9E12

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