Identification of uraniferous granitoids in the USA using stream sediment geochemical data

R. J. Howarth, G. S. Koch, J. A. Plant, R. K. Lowry
1981 Mineralogical magazine  
Trace element variations in stream sediments from an area of 76 000 km2 in central Colorado are used to identify uraniferous granitoids on the basis of whole rock geochemical criteria developed to distinguish barren from metalliferous granitoids in Britain. These criteria (which include enhanced Ba, Be, Cs, Cs/Ba, K, La/Eu, Li, Lu/Eu, Nb, Rb, Rb/K, low Sr and Mg, and RE patterns with marked negative Eu anomalies) are used to formulate an index based on the Pikes Peak batholith of the Front
more » ... h of the Front Range as a type uranium source rock. Uraniferous granitoids in Colorado, which are associated with sedimentary basins containing major uranium mineralization, are identified using this index which may be applicable to the interpretation of stream sediments from elsewhere. The use of stream sediment geochemistry as an exploration method for similar uranium source rocks, which may indicate potential uranium provinces, is thus possible.
doi:10.1180/minmag.1981.044.336.12 fatcat:2aajzeibgngvdoke3jpkou4tb4