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Availability of federally owned minerals for exploration and development in Western States: New Mexico, 1987.
Gray-AW; Anderson-NB; Beach-RA; McColly-RA
Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, SP 5-89, 1989 Jan; :1-32
The U.S. Bureau of Mines inventoried federal land availability for mineral exploration and development in New Mexico as affected by legal status and agency management practices. To illustrate the impact that such restrictions have on the mineral industry, the Bureau also determined areas having past and present mineral production and/or mineral resources and compared these areas spatially with the availability of federal mineral lands. About 33.4 million acres, or 43 pct, of New Mexico's mineral estate is federally owned. Of this, about 2.1 million acres is highly or moderately favorable for selected locatable mineral deposits, of which 61 pct is available, 6 pct is moderately restricted, and 33 pct is unavailable or severely restricted. Of the approximately 8.4 million acres favorable for oil and gas, 74 pct is available, 12 pct is restricted, and 14 pct is unavailable. Of the 4.1 million acres favorable for coal, 79 pct is available, 6 pct is restricted, and 15 pct is unavailable. About 2.2 million acres of land is favorable for geothermal resources, of which 76 pct is available, 11 pct is restricted, and 13 pct is unavailable.
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Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, SP 5-89
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