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Coastal Sedimentation Along a Segment of the Interior Seaway of North America, Upper Cretaceous Baxter Shale, and Blair and Rock Springs Formations, Rock Springs Uplift, Southwest Wyoming

Description: A report which examines the sedimentary rocks deposited along a segment of the west coast of the interior seaway of North America in southwest Wyoming during the late Santonian and early Campanian subages of the Late Cretaceous Epoch.
Date: 1993
Creator: Roehler, Henry W.

Gravity and Aeromagnetic Studies of the Powder River Basin and Surrounding Areas, Southeastern Montana, Northeastern Wyoming, and Western South Dakota

Description: From abstract: This report contains complete Bouguer anomaly, isostatic residual anomaly, and horizontal gradient anomaly gravity maps of the Powder River Basin and surrounding areas in southeastern Montana, northeastern Wyoming, and western South Dakota were compiled using gravity data from 21,528 stations. A total-intensity anomaly aeromagnetic map with 3 mile spaced east-west flight-lines is also presented. Also included is an analysis of these maps and data, focusing on gravity and aeromagnetic studies.
Date: 1994
Creator: Robbins, Stephen L.

Longwall Gate Road Stability in a Steeply Pitching Thick Coal Seam with a Weak Roof

Description: The U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) conducted ground pressure analysis of a wide abutment-type chain pillar in a two-entry gate road of a Western U.S. coal mine with an extremely weak immediate roof. About 15 m of fragile, low-strength mudstone lies between the seam and the lowest competent roof member. Three- and two-entry gate road designs with several pillar sizes and various secondary support systems have been employed to improve tailgate-entry stability, with varying results. This report discusses gate road layout and performance and secondary support effectiveness. The results of the pillar pressure study are compared to pillar loading predicted by a widely used pillar design method and to similar studies in other mines. A stability evaluation of the most recent longwall headgate, using the USBM Analysis of Longwall Pillar Stability (ALPS) method, indicates marginal stability in first-panel mining and instability in second-panel mining. The ALPS method and the USBM Coal Mine Roof Rating system are used to evaluate tailgate-mining stability of the previous gate roads and to determine pillar and entry width and top coal thickness criteria for tailgate stability in future panels.
Date: 1995
Creator: Barron, Lance R. & DeMarco, Matthew J.

Mineral Resources of the McCullough Peaks Wilderness Study Area, Park County, Wyoming

Description: From abstract: The McCullough Peaks Wilderness Study Area (WY-010-335) is located near the western edge of the Bighorn Basin, Park County, Wyoming. The area is about 10 miles northeast of Cody. Mineral and energy resource assessment of the McCullough Peaks Wilderness Study Area indicates a total of 52 million tons of measured and indicated subbituminous coal resources.
Date: 1990
Creator: Hadley, Donald G.; Ryder, Robert T.; Hill, Randall H.; Kulik, Dolores M.; McLeod, Kenneth E. & Jeske, Rodney E.

Proterozoic Geology of the Granite Village Area, Albany and Laramie Counties, Wyoming, Compared with that of the Sierra Madre and Medicine Bow Mountains of Southeastern Wyoming

Description: Abstract: "Precambrian metavolcanic rocks north and south of the village of Granite, Wyoming, belong to a sequence of isolated metavolcanic and metasedimentary masses in the Sherman Granite of the southern Laramie Mountains. Similar rocks lie to the west, in the Precambrian uplifts of the southern Medicine Bow Mountains and Sierra Madre. A major fault system, the Cheyenne belt, splits these two ranges into northern and southern domains, and may constitute a suture along which Early Proterozoic islands arcs collided with an Early Proterozoic passive margin. Projection of the Cheyenne belt into the Laramie Mountains suggests that the study area, which is 65 kilometers south of the proposed suture, comprises a distinct volcanic arc with a unique chemistry or age. However, chemistry of the volcanic rocks of the study area as determined as so far does not differ significantly from those of the Medicine Bow Mountains and Sierra Madre."
Date: 1997
Creator: Houston, Robert S. & Marlatt, Gordon

Seminoe-Kortes transmission line/substation consolidation project, Carbon County, Wyoming

Description: The existing switchyards at Western Area Power Administration's (WESTERN) Seminoe and Kortes facilities, located approximately 40 miles northeast of Rawlines, Carbon County, Wyoming, were constructed in 1939 and 1951, respectively. The circuit breakers at these facilities are beyond or approaching their service life and need to be replaced. In addition, the switchyards have poor access for maintenance and replacement of equipment, and their locations create potential for oil spills into the North Platte River. WESTERN is proposing to consolidate the switchyard facilities into one new substation to provide easier access, restore proper levels of system reliability, and decrease the potential for oil contamination of the river. This environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to evaluate the impacts of the proposed Seminoe-Kortes Consolidation Project. 57 refs., 12 figs., 8 tabs.
Date: July 1, 1990

UMTRA Project Water Sampling and Analysis Plan, Riverton, Wyoming

Description: Surface remediation was completed at the former uranium mill site in Riverton, Wyoming, in 1990. Residual radioactive materials (contaminated soil and debris) were removed and disposed of at Union Carbide Corporation`s (Umetco) nearby Gas Hills Title 2 facility. Ground water in the surficial and semiconfined aquifers (known collectively as the `uppermost aquifer`) below the former mill and tailings site has been contaminated. No contamination has been detected in the deeper, confined sandstone aquifer. The contaminant plume extends off site to the south and east. The plume is constrained by surface wetlands and small streams to the east and west of the site and by the Little Wind River to the south. Fifteen monitor wells installed in 1993 were sampled to better define the contaminant plume and to provide additional water quality data for the baseline risk assessment. Samples also were collected from domestic wells in response to a request by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality in January 1994. No contamination attributable to the former uranium milling operations have ever been detected in any of the domestic wells used for potable supplies.
Date: March 1994

UMTRA Project Water Sampling and Analysis Plan, Spook, Wyoming

Description: Surface remedial action is complete at the Spook Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project site in Wyoming. Based on an evaluation of site characterization data, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, US Department of Energy, and state of Wyoming have concurred in the determination that a program to monitor ground water is not required because ground water in the uppermost aquifer is Class 3 (limited use) (40 CFR 192.21(g)(1993)).
Date: March 1994

Whistle, a Nearly Dormant Geyser in Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: The First Geyser to be Studied by Research Drilling

Description: The following report follows the first research drilling study on a geyser. Whistle, a nearly dormant geyser in the upper geyser basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, has been proven to depend its water supply on deep overpressured water that's a far more extensive system than surface measurements can determine.
Date: 1991
Creator: White, Donald Edward