OFR 97-492: Driggs Quadrangle NURE HSSR Study

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National Geochemical Database—Reformatted Data from the National Uranium Resource Evaluation (NURE) Hydrogeochemical and Stream Sediment Reconnaissance (HSSR) Program

By Steven M. Smith
Version 1.40 (2006)
Under Construction This page is currently being rewritten to the Version 1.41 format.

Brief History and Description of Data

[See History of NURE HSSR Program for a summary of the entire program.]

Totals of 1,956 sediment and 1,108 water samples were collected from 1,999 locations in the Wyoming portion of Driggs, Preston, and Ogden quadrangles during September of 1976. These samples were collected by a private contractor under the direction of the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL). Within the Driggs quadrangle, 500 sediment and 422 water samples were collected. An additional 127 sediment and 108 water samples were collected from 199 locations in the Grand Teton National Park by LASL personnel during October of 1977. Both sets of samples were analyzed by LASL for uranium and the data released in the GJBX-70(78) report.

LASL sent 622 sediment and 287 water samples from the Wyoming portion of the Driggs quadrangle to the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant (ORGDP) for multielement analyses. These data were released by ORGDP as the Driggs Quadrangle NURE Hydrogeochemical and Stream Sediment Reconnaissance (HSSR) study GJBX-368(81) report.

In 1977, the entire NURE HSSR program changed from a study area basis (State, County, or geomorphic province) to a 1° x 2° quadrangle basis. As a result of this decision, the responsibility for the Idaho portion of the Driggs quadrangle was reassigned to the LASL. According to the last LASL NURE progress report [GJBX-5(80)], this area was scheduled to be sampled during 1980. Apparently though, no samples for this Idaho area were subsequently collected or analyzed by LASL before the NURE program ended.

The following is a list of sample types collected for the Driggs quadrangle study.

Summary of Driggs quadrangle sample types.
Sediment Sample Type Number of Samples Water Sample Type Number of Samples
Wet Streams 481 Streams 474
Dry Streams 105 Wells 11
Wet Springs 33 Springs 38
Wet Natural Ponds 4 Natural Ponds 4
Wet Artificial Ponds 3 Artificial Ponds 3
Dry Artificial Ponds 1
Total Sediments 627 Total Waters 530

These Driggs quadrangle samples were analyzed by one or more of the following methods:

Sediment Samples

Water Samples

Composition of the NEW-FORMAT NURE Data Files

The data in the NEW-FORMAT NURE data files consist of records from the early Wyoming GJBX-70(78) report combined with records from the ORGDP multielement GJBX-368(81) report. Each sample is represented by a single composite record. Any problems found during the reformatting process are noted in the REFORMAT comment field.

Download The Data

The NURE HSSR data are now available online in two databases: The sediment database (also includes data for soils and some rocks) at http://tin.er.usgs.gov/nure/sediment/ and the water database at http://tin.er.usgs.gov/nure/water/. From these two websites, NURE HSSR data can be selected, examined, summarized, and downloaded by political boundaries (State and County), by quadrangle (1:250,000-scale, 1:100,000-scale, and 1:63,360-scale for Alaska or 1:24,000-scale for the Lower 48 States), and by hydrologic unit (drainage region, subregion, river basin, or sub-basin). Selected data can be downloaded as a dBase file, a shapefile, an HTML table, or ASCII text (tab- or comma-delimited).

Driggs Quadrangle Sediment Data - 627 records
Driggs Quadrangle Water Data - 530 records

Notes for Data Users

None at this time.

Other NURE Geochemical Data for the Driggs Quadrangle

The Bendix Field Engineering Corporation identified and ranked 269 uranium anomalies from 23 quadrangles in and adjacent to Wyoming. These anomalies were based on an evaluation of the NURE HSSR data, aerial radiometric reconnaissance surveys and, to a lesser extent, geologic evaluations. This report [GJBX-3(83)] lists 4 uranium anomalies that were identified in the Driggs quadrangle. No additional data for any samples accompanies this report.

Driggs Quadrangle NURE Bibliography

Links Within Open-File Report 97-492

Back to Idaho NURE data
Back to Wyoming NURE data
Frequently Asked Questions Concerning NURE HSSR Data
Home Page: USGS National Geochemical Database - NURE HSSR data

Page written by Steven M. Smith (smsmith@usgs.gov)
Version 1.10: July 29, 1999
Version 1.20: August 07, 2000
Version 1.30: September 11, 2001
Version 1.40: January 13, 2006

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