Title

Mineral Resources of the Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area, Lincoln County, Wyoming, U. S.

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Geological Survey Bulletin

Volume

1757-I

Publication Date

1989

Abstract

The 32,936-acre Raymond Mountain (WY-04Q-221) Wilderness Study Area lies in the Wyoming salient of the Idaho-Wyoming-Utah overthrust belt, in Lincoln County, extreme west-central Wyoming. The wilderness study area has no identified (known) mineral or energy resources. The wilderness study area has moderate energy resource potential for oil and gas. Less than 10 percent of the area has been leased for oil and gas exploration. The wilderness study area has low energy resource potential for coal, which may occur as thin layers in the Cokeville Formation. The wilderness study area has low mineral resource potential for phosphate. The Phosphoria Formation is only exposed in a fault block west of the study area and is exposed in the study area between Raymond and Rose Canyons. These otherwise deeply buried, unweathered beds contain low P2O6 values. The wilderness study area also has low mineral resource potential for vanadium in the Phosphoria Formation because of the depth of burial. The wilderness study area has low resource potential for other metals, including uranium, for high-purity limestone or dolostone, and for geothermal energy.

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