Core logs from Searles Lake, San Bernardino County, California

Bulletin 1045-E



Forty-one drill holes in the saline deposit on Searles Lake, San Bernardino County, Calif., were cored and logged. Drill holes averaged about 100 feet in depth; the majority are located around the margins of the dry lake. The saline deposit consists of an upper salt body about 39 square miles in area, of which 12 square miles are exposed in the central part of the lake, and a lower salt body of approximately the same areal extent found at greater depth. The 2 salt bodies are separated by a seam of clay or marl averaging about 12 feet thick. Isopach maps show the salt bodies are slightly elongated to the north; maximum thicknesses of the upper and lower salt bodies are 95 and 54 feet, respectively. Core logs, in written and graphic form, show the chief minerals of the saline bodies are halite, trona, hanksite, borax, and burkeite; relatively minor quantities of 13 additional minerals are described. The 41 drill-hole logs are shown graphically in columnar sections which give thicknesses, mineralogy, and mineral percentages; 15 representative written logs are published in full.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Core logs from Searles Lake, San Bernardino County, California
Series title Bulletin
Series number 1045
Chapter E
DOI 10.3133/b1045E
Year Published 1959
Language English
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office
Description 185 p.; 4 Plates
First page 139
Last page 317
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