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This report is part of a folio of maps of the Walker Lake 1o x 2o quadrangle, California and Nevada, prepared under the Conterminous United States Mineral Assessment Program. The folio includes geological, geochemical, and geophysical maps, as well as mineral resources assessment maps, which identify selected known or possible mineral-deposit environments in the quadrangle. The geochemical maps show the distributions of selected individual elements (Chaffee and others, 1988 a, b, c) and the distributions of selected groups of elements (Chaffee, 1988a, b, c). Discussions accompanying the individual element maps are restricted to mineral residences of the individual elements as well as to what types of mineral deposits...
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The Wet Beaver Roadless Area includes 9,890 acres (15.4 mi2) of the Coconino National Forest and is in T. 15 N., Rs. 6, 7, and 8 E., Yavapai and Coconino Counties, central Arizona. Camp Verde, the nearest major population center, is about 13 mi southwest of the road less area. The area boundary closely follows the rim of the steep-walled canyon cut by Wet Beaver Creek into the gently westward sloping surface of the Colorado Plateau. The mouth of the canyon and the western boundary of the roadless area are near the Mogollon Rim, an escarpment that marks the southwestern margin of the Colorado Plateau. Here, the plateau surface falls off sharply in the Verde Valley, and Wet Beaver Creek flows 12 mi farther west where...
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The Wilderness Act (Public Law 88-577, September 3, 1964) and related acts require the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Mines to survey certain areas on Federal lands to determine their mineral resource potential. Results must be made available to the public and be submitted to the President and the Congress. This report presents the results of a mineral resource survey of the Whisker Lake Wilderness in the Nicolet National Forest, Florence County, Wisconsin. The wilderness was established by Public Law 95-494, October 21, 1978. The mineral resource potential of the Whisker Lake Wilderness in the Nicolet National Forest, Florence County, northeastern Wisconsin, was evaluated in 1982. The bedrock consists...
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Tungsten-bearing rocks in the Benton Range Roadless Area occur in tactite lenses within the Paleozoic metasedimentary units that surround and are intruded by Triassic granodiorite of the Benton Range. High anomalous tungsten values were found in the southern part of the study area. Quartz-vein deposits with copper, lead, zinc, and silver may occur within the Jurassic granitic rock in the northwestern part of the area. Stream-sediment and panned-concentrate samples from the northwestern part of the roadless area, reveal anomalous values in a number of elements. Some of these elements are indicative of mineral suites that form by hydrothermal alteration and are potential metallic-ore producers. Metals having anomalous...
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Under the provisions of the Wilderness Act (Public Law 88-577, September 3, 1964) and the Joint Conference Report on Senate Bill 4, 88th Congress, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Mines have been conducting mineral surveys of wilderness and primitive areas. Areas officially designated as "wilderness," "wild," or "canoe" when the act was passed were incorporated into the National Wilderness Preservation System, and some of them are presently being studied. The act provided that areas under consideration for wilderness designation should be studied for suitability for incorporation into the Wilderness System. The mineral surveys constitute one aspect of the suitability studies. The act directs that...
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The Mazatzal Wilderness and contiguous roadless areas are located in Tonto and Coconino National Forests, west and southwest of Payson, and are almost exactly in the geographic center of Arizona. This is a region of relatively small mining districts and few mines, but occurrences of many different metals are widespread. The Mazatzal Mountains constitute the dominant physiographic feature of the wilderness. The eastern slopes of these mountains rise steeply from about 3,500 ft in altitude along the valley of Rye Creek east of the range, to 7,903 ft at Mazatzal Peak. To the west, the range slopes steeply from the crest then more gently along the lower flanks to the Werde River, one of the main drainage channels of...
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These maps are part of a folio of maps of the Richfield 1o x 2o quadrangle, Utach, prepared under the Conterminous United States Mineral Assessment Program. Other publications in this folio are listed in the selected references. Located in west-central Utach, the Richfield quadrangle covers the eastern part of the Plioche-Marysvale ingeous and mineral belt, which extends from the vicinity of Plioche in southeastern Nevada east-northeastward for 250 km (155 mi) into central Utah. The western two-thirds of the Richfield quadrangle is in the Basin and Range province and the eastern third is in the High Plateaus of Utah, a subprovince of the Colorado Plateau.
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The Virgin Mountains Instant Study Area contains about 30,000 acres (12,000 ha) in southeastern Nevada. In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (P.L. 94-579), the U.S. Bureau of Mines examined mines, prospects, and mineralized zones, and the U.S. Geological Survey made regional geologic, geophysical, and geochemical investigations. Tungsten and sheet mica have been produced from the study area, and oil and gas lease applications have been filed on 20,300 acres (8,200 ha). Sixteen mining claims are presently held.
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A project to assess the mineral potential of the U.S. part of the International Fall 1° x 2° quadrangle was undertaken by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the early 1984, as part of the Conterminous United States Mineral Assessment Program (CUSMAP). Because glacial drift covers most of the basement rocks south of the U.S.-Canada border and mineral production in this part of Minnesota has been virtually nonexistent, data from the adjacent part of Ontario has been used to understand the geologic framework and to evaluate mineral-deposit models relevant to the assessment of the U.S. part of the International Falls quadrangle. This map and accompanying tables show the locations of mineral occurrences, prospects...
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Exposures of the lower two thirds of the Tongue River Member of the Paleocene Fort Union Formation were measured along the Powder River valley in southeastern Montana in the Moorhead and Birney-Broadus coalfields. This report documents the stratigraphic variations, lateral continuity of partly eroded coal beds along the line of section, and shows ten sections for the Tongue River Member in this study area. This report is a companion to the report by Flores and Canavello (1979). The study area represents a linear distance of 35 miles along the Powder River valley and extends from the Wyoming-Montana State line to a point 7 miles southeast of Broadus. Mont. (see index map). Within this area are relatively continuous...
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The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the arm of the San Francisco Bay estuary that reaches into the Central Valley of California, differs from typical coastal-plain deltas in three important respects. First, rather than meeting the ocean individually and directly, all major waterways of this delta discharge via a single constricted outlet into a chain of estuarine bays and straits. Second, in the most common vertical sequence of deposits, peat and mud deposited in tidal marshes and swamps (tidal wetlands) directly overlie alluvium or eolian sand, a sequence recording a landward spread of tidal environments rather than the seaward migration of fluvial environments that is typical of coastal-plain deltas (Cosby, 1941,...
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Geologic interpretation of seismic reflection profiles on the Continental Shelves of Oregon and Washington is measurably enhanced through the knowledge of Tertiary subsurface stratigraphy penetrated in 10 deep exploration wells drilled in the mid-1960's (Braislin and others, 1971; Snavely and others, 1977). These subsurface data make it possible to relate to the acoustic units differentiated on seismic-reflection profiles to time-stratigraphic units as determined from micropalentontological studies of samples collected from these wells. These biostratigraphic data also permit correlations between time-stratigraphic units in the offshore test wells and between those units and formations penetrated in onshore test...
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Detailed geologic and geochemical studies of the four 7 1/2-minute wuadrangles that make up the Edna Mountain 15-minute quadrangle in Humboldt County, Nevada, were begun druring the 1969 summer field season. The objectives of the project are to map the geology of this structurally complex area at 1:24,000 scale and to determine the regional distribution and abundance of metals in rocks of the area and the factors that control the distribution and abundance of those metals. Tungsten-bearing hot-spring tufa, metalliferous black shale in Ordovician rocks, base-metal and barite deposits in Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, and copper-molybdenum in granodiorite plutons of Creataceous age occur in the Edna Mountain dare. None...
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A deep-tow geophysical study of a small ridge along the north end of the San Clemente fault, informally termed Kimki Ridge by Arne Junger and J.G. Vedder (unpub. data, 1979), was conducted in April 1976 using the R/V Melville of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The purpose of the survey was to search for evidence of active faulting along the north-ward extension of the San Clemente fault, a major structural feature in the California Borderland (fig. 1).
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The Wilderness Act (Public Law 88-577, September 3, 1964) and related acts require the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Mines to survey certain areas on Federal lands to determine their mineral resource potential. Results must be made available to the public and be submitted to the President and the Congress. This report presents the results of a mineral survey of the Cheat Mountain Roadless Area in the Monongahela National Forest, Randolph County, West Virginia. The area was designated as a further planning area during the Second Roadless Area Review and Evaluation (RARE II) by the U.S. Forest Service, January 1979. The Cheat Mountain Roadless Area is in the Greenbrier Ranger District of the Monongahela...
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Exploration for petroleum on the Continental Shelf and Slope off the eastern United States has generated great interest in the quantity and quality of data available to evaluate the nature and magnitude of possible geological enveironmental hazards. This set of maps presents a compilation of publicly available geological and geophysical data acquireed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the Baltimore Canyon Trough area of the eastern United States Outer Continental Shelf and Slope. Funding for the collection and analysis of much of the data indicated in this report was provided by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Locations of blocks leased for petroleum development and locations of industry wells terminated...
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INTRODUCTION The coastal cliffs along much of the central California coast are actively retreating. Large storms and periodic earthquakes are responsible for most of the documented seacliff slope failures. Long-term average erosion rates calculated for this section of coast (Moore and others, 1999) do not provide the spatial or temporal data resolution necessary to identify the processes responsible for retreat of the seacliffs, where episodic retreat threatens homes and community infrastructure. Research suggests that more erosion occurs along the California coast over a short time scale, during periods of severe storms or seismic activity, than occurs during decades of normal weather or seismic quiescence (Griggs...