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Chrysotile-Asbestos Deposits of Arizona

Description: Report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Mines discussing asbestos mining and production in Arizona. As stated in the summary, "this paper describes most of the chrysotile-asbestos deposits of Arizona. Mining methods are discussed briefly and asbestos-mill flowsheets are incorporated" (p. 1). This report includes tables, maps, illustrations, and photographs.
Date: January 1955
Creator: Stewart, L. A.

Final Report: Airborne Reconnaissance Project Dripping Spring, Quartzite, Gila County, Arizona

Description: Abstract: A low-level airborne radiometric survey of the younger pre-Cambrian Dripping Spring quartzite, undertaken in the mountainous region lying roughly 100 riles east of Phoenix, was completed June 3, 1955. Twenty-seven radioactive anomalies were located. To date seven of these have produced uranium ore, four more will probably become producers, and six others may possibly become producers. Flying was concentrated in the Dripping Spring quartzite, but reconnaissance flights were made over other formations. Private prospecting, both from the air and on the ground, increased considerably when the airborne project started. Eleven of the private discoveries have produced ore, and many others show considerable promise.
Date: September 7, 1955
Creator: Schwartz, Roland J. & Magleby, Dan N.

Geology of the Christmas Copper Mine, Gila County, Arizona

Description: From introduction: The exploration project at Christmas was carried on cooperatively by the Geological Survey and U. S. Bureau of Mines. Mr. 0. M. Bishop, Engineer for the Bureau of Mines, examined the property and in his report of June 6, 1942 recommended that six holes be drilled from the 800 level of the mine. The Bureau of Mines began drilling in September 1942, and the Survey investigations began a month later. Since any ore bodies discovered below the 800 level would be inaccessible until a deeper level could be developed, the Bureau and Survey decided to explore from higher levels where resulting benefits could be more quickly realized. Drilling from the upper levels was begun early in 1943.
Date: 1956
Creator: Peterson, Nels P. & Swanson, Roger W.

Mining Methods and Costs, Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company, Open-Pit Mine, Gila County, Arizona

Description: Report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Mines discussing copper mining methods and costs in Gila County, Arizona. As stated in the introduction, "this report reviews the underground mining method with emphasis on data and mechanics of block caving as exposed by the open-pit work. It describes the current operating and engineering practice in the open-pit mine with particular emphasis on physical, economic, engineering, and management factors that have affected the choice of mining method and equipment" (p. 1). This report includes maps, tables, illustrations, and photographs.
Date: 1963
Creator: Hardwick, William R.

Preliminary Reconnaissance of the Dripping Spring Quartzite Formation in Gila and Pinal Counties, Arizona

Description: Abstract: A four-week reconnaissance of certain portions of the mountainous area in Gila and Pinal Counties, Arizona, was undertaken in March and April, 1953, to inspect accessible outcrops of Dripping Spring quartzite, a pre-Cambrian formation which has lately attracted the interest of the Atomic Energy Commission by the discovery of two separate occurrences of uranium mineralization. Although no new deposits were found during the field work, a more thorough examination of the quartzite seems warranted. Recommendations for further prospecting by airborne and ground methods are presented in this report, and are based largely on observations made during the brief visit.
Date: June 1953
Creator: Mead, W. E. & Wells, R. L.

Preliminary Report on a Uranium Occurrence and Regional Geology in the Cherry Creek Area, Gila County, Arizona

Description: Introduction: A reconnaissance of the Black Brush property was made by geologists of the Atomic Energy Commission in March, 1955. This anomalous area was located by an earlier airborne radiometric survey. the examination consisted of preliminary sampling and surface and underground radiometric traversing.
Date: July 1956
Creator: Sharp, Byron J.

Uraniferous Quartzite, Red Bluff Prospect, Gila County, Arizona

Description: Abstract: Radioactive zones are present in the upper silty part of the pre-Cambrian Dripping Spring quartzite at the Red Bluff prospect, Gila County, Ariz. The prospect is in the SE 1/4 sec. 31, T. 5 N., R. 14 E., at the southern end of the Sierra Ancha area and 12 miles northeast of Roosevelt Dam. Stratigraphic control of the radioactive zones is indicated by the restriction of the zones to two layers, each about 20 feet thick.The zones are spatially associated in part with a diabase dike that occupies a fault, and in part with a thick diabase sill. The main uranium mineral disseminated through the rock in these zones has not been identified definitely, although minor quantities of secondary uranium minerals were observed. The results of scintillometer traverses and radiometric analyses indicate that the deposits probably contain an average of 0.026 percent uranium. Some black streaks and some fractures contain a higher percentage of uranium, but so far as is known the volume of such material is probably too small to affect the overall grade of the deposits.
Date: January 1951
Creator: Kaiser, E. P.

Uranium Favorability Study of the Precambrian Dripping Spring Quartzite, Gila and Pinal Counties, Arizona

Description: From objectives and scope: Project objectives were to synthesize available geologic information; to determine favorability criteria; and to describe, appraise, and delineate favorable areas of the Dripping Spring Quattzite.
Date: June 1976
Creator: Dickson, R. E.; Strand, J. R.; Burgett, W. A.; Zollinger, Richard C. & Curry, William E.

Uranium Occurrences in Wilson Creek Area, Gila County, Arizona

Description: Abstract: The Wilson Creek Area, in northern Gila Cointy, is about 10 miles southeast of Young, Arizona, along the east side of Cherry Creek. Four claims covering concentrations of uranium mineralization in the Dripping Spring Formation are owned by the American Asbestos Cement Company. The claims are located in typical plateau-type topography, with flat mesa* and nearly vertical canyon walls. The bedded zones of uranium mineralization are exposed in the Dripping Spring Quartzite near the bottom of the canyons. It is suggested that the mineralized beds may have spatial relationship to the bottom of the Mescal limestone and to the bottom of a thick zone in the upper member of the quart site. Two of the four bedded deposits occur in *crackled" beds. One mineralized fracture was noted. The uranium mineral, meta-torbernite, has formed in tiny vugs in the quart site and is also intergrown with the iron oxide coating on the quart site surfaces. Associated minerals are minor and consist of chalcopyrite magnetite and chalcocite.
Date: December 1953
Creator: Wells, R. L. & Rambosek, A. J.

Uranium Occurrences of Gila County, Arizona

Description: From purpose and scope: This report is designed to summarize the available information on the geology and ore reserves of the uranium deposits. Detailed geological work has been confined largely to those areas which contain the more promising uranium occurrences with at least 80 percent of such work being concentrated in the Sierra Ancha district.
Date: October 1957
Creator: Schwartz, Roland J.