Mineral resource potential map of the Troublesome Roadless Area, McCreary County, Kentucky

Miscellaneous Field Studies Map 1341-C
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A geologic and geochemical investigation and a survey of existing mines and prospects have been conducted to determine the mineral resource potential of the Troublesome Roadless Area, McCreary County, Ky. The study area comprises six tracts totaling about 2,943 acres in the Daniel Boone National Forest. It is in the Cumberland Plateau section of the Appalachian Plateaus Province. All surface and mineral rights are federally owned.

Limestone and shale units of Mississippian age and overlying sandstone, shale, and coal beds of Pennsylvanian age comprise the bedrock exposed in the Troublesome Roadless Area.

Coal, sandstone, and shale are the principal mineral resources in the study area. Coal has been mined near the roadless area from at least two coal beds. Available data indicate that coal reserves do not underlie the area. Coal resources totalling 7 4 7,000 short tons in the Stearns No. 1112 (?) coal bed and 166,000 short tons in the Barren Fork(?) coal bed are contained in the Troublesome Roadless Area.

Possible uses for sandstone units include silica sand, construction sand, and dimension stone. Shale may be suitable for structural clay products. Commercial quantities of oil and gas may be present at shallow depth in rocks of Mississippian age. A stream-sediment geochemical survey failed to recognize anomalies that would suggest mineralization, and the metallic mineral potential of the study area appears limited.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Mineral resource potential map of the Troublesome Roadless Area, McCreary County, Kentucky
Series title Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
Series number 1341
Chapter C
DOI 10.3133/mf1341C
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description Report: 4 p.; Plate: 34.32 x 30.95 inches
Country United States
State Kentucky
County McCreary County
Other Geospatial Troublesome Roadless Area
Scale 50000
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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