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Availability of federal land for mineral exploration and development in western states: Colorado, 1984.
Beach RA; Gray AW; Peterson EK; Roberts CA
Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, SP 3-85, 1985 Jan; :1-40
The Bureau of Mines inventoried and classified federal land in Colorado to show its availability for mineral exploration and development, determined areas of the state that are favorable for deposits of certain minerals, and compared federal land availability with mineral favorability to demonstrate the extent of restricted federal land in favorable areas. Colorado has 24.7 million acres of federal land (37.2% Of the state). About 5.22 million acres of federal land is favorable for selected metallic and nonmetallic minerals, of which 78.3% is available and 21.7% is unavailable or severely restricted. About 2.63 million acres is favorable for uranium (and partly for vanadium); 72.4% is available and 27.6% is unavailable or severely restricted. About 7.02 million acres is favorable for and 9.90 million acres more is permissible for (capable of containing) oil and gas; 73.9% is available and 26.1% is unavailable or severely restricted. About 6.31 million acres is favorable for coal, 1.02 million acres for oil shale, and 0.25 million acres for the aluminum minerals alunite and dawsonite; as of July 1, 1984, all federal land not already leased for these minerals is unavailable. Part of the available federal land is subject to less stringent restrictions.
Government; Land; Mineral-deposits; Exploration
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Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, SP 3-85
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