Copper in the "red beds" of Oklahoma

William Arthur Tarr
1910 Economic Geology and The Bulletin of the Society of Economic Geologists  
Though copper ores have been found in Permian and Triassic formations the world over • only a very few of the deposits are of economic value. A peculiar interest is attached to them because of the obscurity of their origin, and their occurrence in sedimentary formations in the Permian and Triassic periods. During the past summer a new locality in which copper ore occurs in "Red Beds" of probable Permian age was visited by the writer. While only a limited time was spent on the examination it is
more » ... examination it is thought a few notes on the occurrence would be of interest. In addition to its being another deposit to be added to those of this peculiar group which have already been described, the high values of gold and silver contained, and the occurrence of the ore replacing wood are important features. The locality where the ores are found is about ten miles northeast of Stillwater, Payne County, Oklahoma, on the southeast quarter of section 22, township 2o N., range 3 E. The farm belongs to Mrs. M. J. Burwell. Copper was first discovered by the owner about •9o•, but the discovery was withheld from gen-'eral knowledge until about three years •ago. Since then several attempts have been made by different people to develop the prospeet. By these operations a shaft and a tunnel were opened, but at the time of examination only the tunnel was accessible and that was partly filled with water. Within an area of probably fifteen miles square, copper is reported to have been found in this vicinity during the sinking of wells. TOPOGRAPHY. The deposit lies in a region of youthful topography, the rolling hills which cover the country being cut into the irre•llar beds
doi:10.2113/gsecongeo.5.3.221 fatcat:p5p4ukysrff57eeysufclerek4