A high potential exists for development of decorative building stone resources from slabby, glassy-surfaced pahoehoe lava flows, particularly in the Wapi lava field where the largest volume and variety of stone occurs. The unique appearance of the Blue Dragon flow material from the Craters of the Moon lava field may enhance its potential as a decorative stone resource.
Locating speculative resources (uraniferous sediment, auriferous gravel, and geothermal reservoirs) and hypothetical resources (oil and gas) that may underlie the geologically young lava flows of the study area would require extensive geophysical exploration and drilling.
|Title||Mineral resource potential map of the Great Rift Instant Study Area, Blaine, Butte, Minidoka, and Power counties, Idaho|
|Authors||James Ridenour, Ronald B. Stotelmeyer, Mel A. Kuntz, Don R. Mabey, Duane E. Champion, Richard H. Lefebvre, W. D. Stanley|
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Series Title||Miscellaneous Field Studies Map|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|