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Mineral resource potential map of the Great Rift Instant Study Area, Blaine, Butte, Minidoka, and Power counties, Idaho

January 1, 1994

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1983
Title Mineral resource potential map of the Great Rift Instant Study Area, Blaine, Butte, Minidoka, and Power counties, Idaho
DOI 10.3133/mf1462B
Authors James Ridenour, Ronald B. Stotelmeyer, Mel A. Kuntz, Don R. Mabey, Duane E. Champion, Richard H. Lefebvre, W. D. Stanley
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
Series Number 1462
Index ID mf1462B
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse