The mineral resources of the area include deposits of phosphate, sand, gravel, limestone, quartzite, and oil. Large deposits of phosphate are in the northern and eastern parts of Rich County. U.S. Geological survey showed extensive deposits of rock-phosphate, stretching from the Crawford Mountains in Bear River Valley to Laketown and on through to Paris and Montpelier, and over the pass into Soda Springs (Parson, 1996). These deposits have been partially mined but continuing mining efforts remain highly dependent on the current market price.
Palacios, Patsy; Luecke, Chris; and Robinson, Justin
"Mineral activities within Rich County, Utah,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 14, Article 10.
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