The Notch Peak Intrusive
October 2005 by Alan J. ChenworthLocated about thirty miles west of Delta, Utah, just to the north of Highway 6-50, is a tall rocky crag with an apparent notch missing from the peak. This is Notch Peak.
Tuesday morning started off much like Monday except Jack wasn’t packing a bunch of drill bits. We wandered off toward the bottom of the raise, adjusted our bed boards, had a cup of coffee from our buckets, and smoked a cigarette. Then Jack stretched, stood up, and remarked, “Guess I might as well go up and see what it looks like. You wait here for now. When I call down, send up a section of ladder and eight laggings.”
On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
Re: “Wasteful Government Projects”
The advent of the nuclear age, after World War II, aroused concerns in government circles when officials realized the United States was entirely dependent upon foreign sources of supply for rare earth elements. This prompted the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) to enlist the US Bureau of Mines Special Minerals Investigation Branch to evaluate monazite-bearing placers in the United States in 1948.
The first and most important thing of the sampling process is to try to be as unbiased as possible. There is a natural tendency to select rock that looks the best—even unconsciously.
I’ve been fascinated by iron minerals for many years. So let’s take a look at this very interesting and colorful element.
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