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Ground water as related to the origin and search for uranium deposits in sandstone

Arthur P. Butler
Ground water as related to the origin and search for uranium deposits in sandstone (in Wyoming uranium issue)
Contributions to Geology (1969) 8 (2, Part 1): 81-86

Abstract

Slightly alkaline bicarbonate sulfate ground water, similar to modern ground water, is thought to have been the agent that formed uranium deposits in fluviatile sandstone in Wyoming. Such water has the general characteristics of the aqueous solution which investigations indicate could transport uranium at low temperatures and from which it could be precipitated. Lack of evidence for conduits in underlying rocks and absence of igneous rocks near deposits suggest that they were not formed by juvenile thermal water. The large volume of mildly oxidized rocks marginal to the deposits suggests that oxygen-poor connate water was not the agent. Modern ground water moves downward in the same direction as associated surface drainage; the ancient water which formed the deposits undoubtedly moved in a similar way. Besides being the agent for emplacement of uranium, ground water may be a guide to general areas in which deposits occur.


ISSN: 0010-7980
Coden: WUGGAO
Serial Title: Contributions to Geology
Serial Volume: 8
Serial Issue: 2, Part 1
Title: Ground water as related to the origin and search for uranium deposits in sandstone
Title: Wyoming uranium issue
Pages: 81-86
Published: 1969
Text Language: English
Publisher: University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, United States
Accession Number: 1969-034584
Categories: Economic geology of ore deposits
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus., table
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Bibliography and Index of North American Geology, U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States
Update Code: 1969
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