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Uranium Hydrogeochemical and Stream Sediment Reconnaissance of the Casper NTMS Quadrangle, Wyoming, Including Concentrations of Forty-Two Additional Elements

Description: Report of uranium and thorium findings from a reconnaissance of the Casper NTMS quadrangle through water and sediment samples analyzed for uranium elements by delayed neutron counting and fluorometry, thorium, and 41 additional elements by neutron activation analysis, x-ray fluorescence, and arc-source emission spectroscopy.
Date: June 1980
Creator: LaDelfe, Carol M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Preliminary Report on Uranium Deposits in the Wind River Basin, Wyoming

Description: Abstract: Uranium was discovered in the Gas Hills of the Wind River Basin by Mr. Nail E. McNeice of Riverton, Wyoming while he was prospecting with a Geiger counter in September 1953. Field parties of the Atomic Energy Commission started work in the area in October 1953.
Date: October 4, 1954
Creator: Grutt, Eugene W.; Hadfield, Jonathan P. & Smith, Edward W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Airborne Reconnaissance Project, Green River Basin, Wyoming

Description: Abstract: A part of the Green River Basin airborne reconnaissance project, re: memo to Phillip L. Merritt, March 12, 1954, Proposed Airborne Reconnaissance Project, Green River Basin, Wyoming, was completed during the months from July though October 1954. No uranium mineralization of commercial value was found.
Date: January 1955
Creator: Magleby, Dan N. & Meehan, R. J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Studies Regarding the Role of Wyoming Natural Gas in Precipitating Primary uranium Minerals from Pregnant Solutions

Description: Abstract: This project was designed to test the chemical feasibility of depositing of depositing a primary uranium mineral from a pregnant solution by exposing the solution to natural gas in an environment favorable to such deposition.
Date: May 11, 1956
Creator: Sims, Harry M. & Smith, Fred L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Reconnaissance for Uraniferous Rocks in Northeastern Wind River Basin, Wyoming

Description: From abstract: A reconnaissance search for uraniferous rocks in the northeastern part of the Wind River Basin was made in July and August 1951 in the course of other work. In addition to Tertiary tuffs and associated lignite, coal, and carbonaceous rocks, some radioactivity anomalies, chiefly in granite, which had been detected by airborne equipment in November 1950, were checked on the ground. A tuff of middle or late Eocene age containing 0.003 percent uranium was as high in uranium as any rock found.
Date: 1952?
Creator: Tourtelot, Harry Allison
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Preliminary Report on Uranium-Bearing Pliocene (?) Rocks in the Split Rock Area, Central Wyoming

Description: From abstract: A sequence of slightly radioactive Pliocene(?) rocks in the Split Rock area of central Wyoming is at least 600 feet thick, underlies an area of more than 25 square miles, and consists of alternating beds of tuffaceous shale, sandstone, and pumicite. Only a small part of the section has been examined. In addition to the uranium content of the strata, there has been secondary concentration of uranium in brecciated limestone similar to spring deposits that could be of Pliocene or Pleistocene age.
Date: July 1952
Creator: Love, J. D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Preliminary Report of the Results of Reconnaissance for Uraniferous Materials in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming

Description: From introduction: During three months of the summer of 1952, a geologic and radiometric reconnaissance examination for uraniferous materials in the peripheral parts of the Powder River structural basin in northeastern Wyoming (fig. 1) was made by the Survey on behalf of the Division of Raw Materials of the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission. The purpose was to find, describe, locate, and sample deposits of uraniferous or radioactive materials other than those in the central part of the Powder River Basin in the general vicinity of the Pumpkin Buttes.
Date: February 1953
Creator: Davidson, David F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Geology of Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

Description: From abstract: Devils Tower is a steep-sided mass of igneous rock that rises above the surrounding hills and the valley of the Belle Fourche River in Crook County, Wyo. It is composed of a crystalline rock, classified as phonolite porphyry, that when fresh is gray but which weathers to green or brown. Vertical joints divide the rock mass into polygonal columns that extend from just above the base to the top of the Tower.
Date: 1956
Creator: Robinson, Charles Sherwood
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tectonic Map of Wyoming, East of the Overthrust Belt, Showing the Distribution of Uranium Deposits

Description: From introduction: The compilation of the tectonic map of Wyoming east of the overthrust belt (area 6, fig. 2) was done by the U. S. Geological Survey on behalf of the Division of Raw Materials of the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission. Structures shown on the map have been obtained from published geologic maps and from unpublished data supplied by Government agencies, private companies, and independent geologists. The tectonic map of Wyoming east of the overthrust belt is only a progress report; any suggestions for corrections or additions will be appreciated.
Date: April 1956
Creator: Osterwald, Frank W. & Dean, Basil G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Reconnaissance for Uranium in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming

Description: Abstract: A reconnaissance was made of a large part of the Powder River Basin, Wyoming, during the summer of 1952 to search for uranium deposits in parts of the basin other than the Pumpkin Buttes area. No uranium deposits of economic interest were found, but some rocks of the Tertiary Fort Union formation and the Cretaceous Inyan Kara group were found to be sufficiently uraniferous to justify further search in rocks of these units. Analyses of samples of sandstones, baked shales, and siltstones taken during the reconnaissance show these rocks are considerably more vanadiferous than the average sandstone, or clay and shale.
Date: May 1953
Creator: Davidson, David F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hydrogeologic Features of the Alluvial Deposits in the Owl Creek Valley, Bighorn Basin, Wyoming

Description: Introduction: The alluvial deposits form the principal aquifer in the Owl Creek Valley and the source of water to many stock and domestic wells and to a few irrigation wells. In 1975, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Wyoming State Engineer, began an investigation of the hydrology and geology, including the geomorphology, of Owl Creek Valley (fig. 1) to determine possible favorable areas for obtaining ground water of adequate chemical quality for irrigation and other uses. The part of Owl Creek basin investigated is downstream from Anchor Reservoir and includes North Fork, South Fork, and the mainstem of Owl Creek (pi. 1). However, the area downstream from Embar Ranch (pi. 1) was emphasized during the study.
Date: December 1982
Creator: Cooley, Maurice E. & Head, William J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Streamflows and Channels of the Green River Basin, Wyoming

Description: From introduction: One purpose of this study was to describe streamflows of the Green River and its tributaries. In addition to describing the cause and occurrence of streamflows in the study area, a brief discussion of how streamflow data are collected and summarized is presented as background information to users of this report who may be unfamiliar with streamflow measurement. The second and primary purpose of this study was to describe hydraulic characteristics of streams in the study area.
Date: May 1982
Creator: Lowham, H. W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sediment Transport and Source Areas of Sediment and Runoff, Big Sandy River Basin, Wyoming

Description: Abstract: A study was conducted for the resolution of sediment source areas in the Big Sandy River basin, southwestern Wyoming. Suspended-sediment and bedload data were collected in order to determine total sediment transport at several locations within the basin. The bedload data were compared to the Einstein bedload function and total load data were compared to the Colby method. The bedload comparison showed a higher estimation of transport rates with Helley-Smith sampler measurements than with the Einstein beadload function. The Colby method yielded higher transport rates at high flows and lower transport rates at low flows than the measured total transport rate. The Big Sandy reservoir acts as a control in the basin. The area upstream of the reservoir was interpreted separately from the area downstream for source-area determination. In the arid plains upstream of the reservoir, the amount of sediment transported increased 98 percent with an increase in runoff of only 1 percent.
Date: May 1982
Creator: Kircher, James E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Biology of Salt Wells Creek and its Tributaries, Southwestern Wyoming

Description: From abstract: "A description of aquatic organisms and biological communities is presented fro Salt Wells Creek, a plains stream in the Green River basin. The description includes seasonal population fluctuations of benthic organisms and algae, the food pyramid, and nutrient relations between various types of plants and animals. The algae and stream invertebrates were studied to determine baseline data and biological indicators of water quality." It includes maps, photographs, diagrams, and a glossary.
Date: 1978
Creator: Engelke, Morris J., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

An Analysis of Salinity in Streams of the Green River Basin

Description: Abstract: Dissolved-solids concentrations and loads can be estimated from streamflow records using a regression model derived from chemical analyses of monthly samples. The model takes seasonal effects into account by the inclusion of simple-harmonic time functions. Monthly mean dissolved-solids loads simulated for a 6-year period at U.S. Geological Survey water-quality stations in the Green River Basin of Wyoming agree closely with corresponding loads estimated from daily specific-conductance records. In a demonstration of uses of the model, an average gain of 114,000 tons of dissolved solids per year was estimated for 6-year period in a 70-mile reach of the Green River from Fontemelle Reservoir to the town of Green River, including the lower 30-mile reach of the Big Sandy River.
Date: October 1977
Creator: DeLong, Lewis L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Effect on Sediment Yield and Water Quality of a Nonrehabilitated Surface Coal Mine in North-Central Wyoming

Description: From introduction: The purpose of this study was to determine the magnitude of some effects of an abandoned surface coal mine on the hydrologic environment. Specific objectives were (1) to define areas of erosion and deposition; (2) to determine if the sediment yield from an undisturbed drainage basin was less than that from a drainage basin partly disturbed by mining activity; and (3) to determine if there were differences in chemical composition of hillslope materials, sediment, and pond water in the two basins.
Date: March 1979
Creator: Ringen, Bruce H.; Shown, Lynn M.; Hadley, Richard F. & Hinkley, Todd K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department