Methods of botanical prospecting for uranium deposits on the Colorado Plateau
A handbook has been prepared by the U. S. Geological Survey under the auspices of the Atomic Energy Commission as a guide to geologists and prospectors. Two botanical methods of prospecting for uranium ores on the Colorado Plateau are described. By one method, tree branch tips are sampled and analyzed for uranium content. Assay values of more than 1 ppm uranium in the ash are considered to indicate favorable ground for further geologic exploration. A second method, that of mapping indicator pants, is also used in prospecting for uranium. Indicator plants are used in conjunction with detailed ...
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