U.S. Geological Survey

ELECTRICAL PROPERTY MEASUREMENTS OF MINE WASTE FROM THE SUNDAY #2 AND VENIR MINES, LEADVILLE, COLORADO

By Robert J. Horton

U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-149

Version 1.0

This report describes the results of electrical property measurements made on samples of mine waste collected from the Sunday #2 and Venir mine sites located in the Leadville Mining District. These laboratory measurements were made as part of the USGS Mineral Resource Program, Mine Waste Characterization project, which consists of geological, geochemical, and geophysical studies of abandoned mine lands in Colorado and New Mexico. These laboratory measurements were made to look for correlations between the geochemical characteristics and electrical properties of mine waste. Knowledge of the waste’s electrical properties is also useful in the design and interpretation of field-scale electrical and electromagnetic geophysical surveys.


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