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Uranium Hydrogeochemical and Stream Sediment Reconnaissance of the Shiprock NTMS Quadrangle, New Mexico/Arizona, Including Concentrations of Forty-Two Additional Elements

Description: From introduction: This report presents uranium and other elemental data resulting from the Hydrogeochemical and Stream Sediment Reconnaissance (HSSR) of the Shiprock National Topographic Map Series (NTMS) quadrangle, New Mexico/Arizona, by the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL).
Date: May 1980
Creator: Morgan, Terrance L. & Purson, John D.
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Navajoite, a New Vanadium Oxide From Arizona

Description: Report discussing navajoite, hydrated vanadium pentoxide, which was a new vanadium oxide found at a mine on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Apache County, Arizona. Information regarding its occurrences, physical properties, chemical analysis, and X-ray diffraction data are included.
Date: December 1953
Creator: Weeks, Alice D.; Thompson, Mary E. & Sherwood, Alexander M.
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Non-Core Dry Hole Drilling at Cove Mesa, Arizona

Description: Abstract: A drilling program was conducted by the Atomic Energy Commission on Cove Mesa, Arizona to further develop uranium and vanadium ore reserves that are vital to the National Defense. The drilling was performed by the Minerals Engineering Company of Grand Junction, Colorado. Uranium and vanadium ore horizons are found in the Salt Wash member of the Morrison formation on Cove Mesa.
Date: June 16, 1952
Creator: Garcia, Raymond J.
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Uranium Deposits on Mesas I 1/2 and II 1/2, Lukachukai Mountains, Northeast Arizona

Description: Abstract: Mesas 1 1/2 and II 1/2 were investigated in October 1951, to determine the extent and degree of uranium mineralization in the Salt Wash sandstone. Carnotite-vanoxite-type minerals are sufficiently concentrated to recommend 14,600 feet of drilling.
Date: October 24, 1951
Creator: Masters, John A. & Blum, Richard D.
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Geology and Drilling Recommendations Oak Spring Area Apache County, Arizona, and San Juan County, New Mexico

Description: Abstract: Uranium ore deposits on two exposed rims and past production records of tonnage and grade indicate an exploration program is justified in the Oak Springs area. A minimum of 24,000 feet of core drilling is recommended with a maximum of 75,000 feet to be based on favorability as determined by subsurface studies.
Date: April 3, 1952
Creator: Swanson, Melvin A. & Hatfield, Kenneth G.
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Geology and Ore Deposits of Yazzie Mesa, Apache County, Arizona with Recommendations for Exploration Drilling

Description: Abstract: Yazzie Mesa was examined in May 1951, by the writer, assisted by R. C. Cutter. The mesa shows one main channel deposit and three minor channels. The main channel appears to be a northern extension of a channel deposit being worked by the Vanadium Corporation of America at their Monument No. 2 mine. Two samples taken on the south outcrop of the main channel assayed 0.16% U308 over 4.5 feet and 0.80% U308 over 1 foot. The area is recommended for 10,000 feet of exploration drilling. It is not intended to recommend this footage as a separate contract unit as this report covers only a small part of an area in which drilling will be recommended in forthcoming reports.
Date: June 19, 1951
Creator: Chester, John W.
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Results of Diamond Drilling Mesas 1, 2, 3, and 4, Lukachukai Mountains, Northeastern Arizona

Description: From purpose and scope: Diamond drill exploration of the Lukachukai district was undertaken to find minable bodies of uranium ore and to determine whether sufficient reserves were present to warrant construction of a local mill. A minimum of 30,000 feet and a maximum of 50,000 feet of drilling were assigned to block out ore in the discovery area, Mesa I (pl. 1.). It was anticipated that some of the footage might be used to test Mesa II should the area become accessible. With access to Mesas II and IV subsequently provided by roads constructed by F. A. Sitton, Inc., and access to Mesa III furnished by a road constructed by the Atomic Energy Commission, the area available for drilling was eventually increased by some three and a half times. With no increase in allotted footage, the hole density was correspondingly decreased,
Date: September 18, 1951
Creator: Stafford, Howard S.
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Geological Investigation of Mexican Cry Mesa, Lukachukai District, Arizona with Diamond Drilling Recommendations

Description: Abstract: The Salt Wash member of the Jurassic Morrison formation of Mexican Cry Mesa, Lukachukai District, Arizona, was examined to determine size, grade, and distribution of contained carnotite deposits and the possibilities of developing reserves by exploratory drilling. Only three occurrences of carnotite-bearing sandstone were found in 17 miles of rim outcrop. Limited drilling is recommended in the vicinity of these exposures.
Date: August 2, 1951
Creator: Ellsworth, Philip C.
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Reconnaissance of Red Rock Valley, Apache County, Arizona

Description: Abstract: Reconnaissance of Red Rock Valley was begun on December 10, 1953, and completed on February 11, 1954. The mines in the region were investigated and all exposures of Salt Wash were walked. Paleostream directions and alterations of the sandstones were observed and recorded on a base map. No important new mineralization was discovered-and the area is considered to be of no commercial significance if judged by the outcrops alone. However, a vast amount of Salt Wash lies at slight depth directly to the east of the investigated area.
Date: July 13, 1954
Creator: Hanshaw, Bruce B.
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Ore Occurrence Study, Mesa 4-1/2 Mines, Lukachukai Mountains, Apache County, Arizona

Description: Abstract: Mine mapping of the tyuyamunite-type deposits In the Salt Wash member of the Jurassic Morrison formation of the Lukachukai Mountains, Apache County, Arizona revealed recognizable spatial relationships between ore mineralization and: fractured areas, sedimentary features, and interstitial carbonate.
Date: March 14, 1957
Creator: Beam, Thomas E.
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Reconnaissance for Uranium in the Southern Carrizo Mountains, Apache County, Arizona

Description: Purpose: A reconnaissance was conducted during parts of August and September, 1956, of an area about two miles square in the southern Carrizo Mountains where the Permian Cutler formation, including its DeChelly member, and the Triassic Shinarump member of the Chinle formation, are exposed. The purpose was to appraise the uranium potential of the area and to determine the cause of bleaching in the DeChelly. Extensive uranium mineralization in the Salt Wash member of the Morrison formation around the Carrizo Mountaind suggested that the Shinarump, a good producer in other areas on the Colorado Plateau, might be mineralized here as well. Bleaching, as shown in the DeChelly; has proven such a useful guide to uranium at other localities as to merit investigation here.
Date: February 20, 1957
Creator: Labrecque, Ronald A.
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Historical Review of Uranium-Vanadium Production in the Eastern Carrizo Mountains, San Juan County, New Mexico, and Apache County, Arizona

Description: Introduction: This report is a brief review of the uranium and/or vanadium mining in the eastern Carrizo Mountains, San Juan County, New Mexico and Apache County, Arizona. It was prepared at the request of the Navajo Tribe, the New Mexico Energy and Minerals Department, and the Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology. As this report deals only with historical production data, the reader is referred to reports by Blagbrough and Brown (1955), Masters and others (1955), and Stokes (1951, 1954) for descriptions of the geology and ore deposits. Figure 1 shows the locations of the mines and the production is summarized in Table 1 and Figure 2. A separate report (Chenoweth and Learned, 1980) covers the production history of the northern and western Carrizo Mountains.
Date: March 1980
Creator: Chenoweth, William L.
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Beneficiation of Monument Number 2 Ore Apache County, Arizona

Description: From introduction: The Monument No. 2 mine is in the Navajo Indian Reservation, Apache County, Arizona, about 20 miles southwest from the San Juan River at Mexican Hat, Utah, and 26 miles southwest from Mexican Water, Arizona. The property has been operated, since its discovery, by Vanadium Corporation of America, which holds a 10-year mining lease, granted through the Interior Department, to 43 acres of ground. History of the discovery of the deposit is vague, but reportedly it was first seen around 1942 by a Navajo who mentioned the occurrence to Harry Goulding, Indian trader, who in turn advised D. W. Viles of Vanadium Corporation of America. Minor portions of the deposit are held by Cato Sells and Harvey Black, Navajos, under mining permits issued by the Navajo Tribal Council. The Sells acreage is being operated by Climax Uranium Corporation.
Date: February 27, 1952
Creator: Sheridan, M. J.
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Mesaverde Uranium Deposits in the Yale Point-Black Mountain Area, Arizona

Description: Abstract: To date uranium deposits have been confined to a thin sandstone in a zone near the contact of the Middle and Lower Members of the Toreva Formation and as a leach in the Lower Sandstone Member. On a large scale the deposits are apparently restricted to zones of tectonic deformation. Locally mineralization is primarily controlled by small intraformational channels and cross bedding, and is usually associated with carbonaceous material and quartzose sand lenses.
Date: January 1956
Creator: Meador, John P.
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Preliminary Reconnaissance Work in the Rattlesnake Area, Apache County, Arizona

Description: From introduction: The Bluff-Salt Wash contact was mapped on aerial photographs. Mines and prospects were also plotted on the photos. The mines and prospects were studied and a brief description of the mineralization and its occurrence was written. These field notes, which will be given to Hatfield and party, contain data on the presence of carbon and fossil logs, lithology of the gangue rock, sedimentary structures, etc. Regional structure and evidence for igneous activity were also noted.
Date: September 5, 1952
Creator: Hill, John F. & Blagbrough, John W.
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Geology of Lukachukai Mountains Area, Apache County, Arizona

Description: From introduction: The purpose of this paper is to present the geologic facts which have been discovered thus far about the Lukachukai area and to draw conclusions about uranium mineralization. Basic data of general nature are included to facilitate the work of future geologists in this area who may find the information applicable to new ideas.
Date: May 7, 1952
Creator: Masters, John A.
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Geology and Uranium Deposits of the Carrizo Mountains Area Apache County, Arizona and San Juan County, New Mexico

Description: From Purpose, Scope, and Methods: The objective of this study was an evaluation of resources of the Carrizo Mountains area. Four factors: distribution of ore bodies, relation of uranium to the host rock, relation of ore to structure, and circumstances that might precipitate uranium were studied in search of data bearing on manner of distribution of ore, the time and causes of deposition, and the probable source of the uranium-bearing solutions.
Date: August 1958
Creator: Hershey, Robert E.
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Geology of the Uranium Deposits of the Lukachukai Mountains Area Apache County, Arizona

Description: Abstract: In a study of the comparative importance of sedimentary and tectonic ore controls and in search of data bearing on the origin of the deposits, ten mines in the Lukachukai Mountains, Apache County, Arizona were examined in detail. All commercial deposits in the area are in the Salt Wash Member of the Morrison Formation of Jurassic age. The ore bodies are elongate and horizontally lenticular in shape and consist of one or more ore pockets surrounded or separated by protore. The composite length of ore bodies consisting of two or more ore pockets separated by subore grade material ranges up to 1,100 feet; individual ore pockets range up to 350 feet in length. Elongation is usually at least three times the width and is parallel to paleostream depositional trends measured in and near the ore bodies. Claystone and/or siltstone units nearly always underlie and frequently overlie the host sandstone units. Ore occurs most frequently in trough-type, cross-stratified sandstone which fills scours and channels in the underlying claystone units. Lithofacies maps and mine mapping show that ore bodies are restricted to areas of rapid lateral color change which in general are also areas of rapid change in the ratio of mudstone to sandstone. Most ore bodies are located on the southwest flank of the Chuska syncline within a broad belt which trends nearly north-south across the southeast end of the Lukachukai Mountains. It is suggested that a set of shear joints served as vertical channelways for the distribution of migrating uraniferous ground water. Location of the ore belt is apparently controlled by the intersection of these shear joints and particularly favorable facies of the Salt Wash Member.
Date: September 1958
Creator: Nestler, Ronald K. & Chenoweth, William L.
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Uranium Mining in the Lukachukai Mountains, Apache County, Arizona, Kerr-McGee Oil Industries, Incorporated

Description: Report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Mines discussing uranium mining methods. As stated in the introduction, "this report is one of a series published by the Federal Bureau of Mines to describe methods and costs of mining uranium on the Colorado Plateau" (p. 1). This report includes maps, tables, illustrations, and photographs.
Date: 1961
Creator: Dare, Wilbert Leland
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Preliminary Appraisal of the Carnotite Resources of the Carrizo Mountains Area, San Juan County, New Mexico, and Apache County, Arizona

Description: From introduction: A rapid appraisal of the carnotite resources of the Salt Wash sandstone member of the Morrison formation in the Carrizo Mountains area was undertaken by the U. S. Geological Survey late in 1951 in connection with its current project of geologic mapping of the area. Though brief and preliminary, this report provides a summary of production trends and estimated reserves in the area and indicates as far as possible the total potential of the area as a source of uranium. This information may be helpful in planning new milling facilities or other measures to encourage a higher rate of production.
Date: May 1952
Creator: Strobell, J. D., Jr.
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Sedimentary Features and Mineralization fo the Salt Wash Sandstone at Cove Mesa, Carrizo Mountains, Apache County, Arizona: Technical Report for April 1, 1953 to March 31, 1954

Description: Introduction: The purpose of this report is to describe certain significant features of the stratigraphy and sedimentation of the Salt Wash sandstone at Cove Mesa, Carizzo Mountain district, Apache County, Arizona.
Date: March 1954
Creator: Jones, Daniel J.
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