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Availability of federally owned minerals for exploration and development in Western States: Nevada. 1985.
Crandell WD; Hamilton MM
Spokane, WA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, 1992 Jan; :1-132
The Bureau of Mines inventoried Federal mineral lands in Nevada and classified them in detail, section by section, according to their availability for mineral exploration and development as affected by legal restrictions and agencies' management practices. The Bureau also identified areas of the State showing significant metallic deposits with associated known mineral deposit areas (KMDAs) and areas underlain by rock formations conductive to oil, gas, and geothermal resources. The information is shown on maps that spatially compare the availability for mineral entry of Federal mineral land with these KMDAs to demonstrate the extent and severity of restrictions on mineral entry. Nevada contains 70.3 million acres, 60.7 million of which (86%) is Federal mineral land. About 13.5 million acres of the land is within KMDAs that host moderate- to high-value locatable mineral deposits; 75% of the land is available, 7% is slightly to moderately restricted, and 18% is severely restricted or unavailable.
Government-policies; Metalliferous-mineral-deposits; Natural-gas-deposits; Petroleum-deposits; Coal-deposits; Geothermal-resources; Availability; Exploration; Production; Regulations; Guidelines; Maps; Mineral-resources; Natural-gas; Oil-fields
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Spokane, WA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines
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