October 29, 2004
Wall Map of Wyoming Minerals Released

The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has updated and released a digital version of the Industrial Minerals and Construction Materials Map of Wyoming. This map replaces the original version of Map Series 47 published in 1996. It is a colored map measuring 42 inches high by 74 inches wide. The scale of the map is 1:500,000 or one inch equals approximately eight miles. This map was produced using ESRIÕs ArcGIS¨ software.

The map is by Ray E. Harris, senior staff geologist for industrial minerals and uranium at the WSGS. It shows potential and known surface and subsurface industrial mineral deposits such as bentonite, gypsum, limestone, and trona along with deposits of materials valuable for construction purposes such as sand and gravel. The map also depicts areas and occurrences of decorative and dimensional stone. Railroads, highways, active and inactive industrial mineral mines, aggregate pits and quarries and major drainages are also shown on the map.

The map would be useful for anyone interested in WyomingÕs industrial minerals and anyone evaluating resources,Ó Richard Jones, WSGS editor-in-chief, said. Wyoming is the nationÕs leading producer of several of these resources, including the world-class trona deposits in southwestern Wyoming and the ubiquitous Wyoming bentonite.

The map is now available in hard copy and will eventually be available on CD-ROM. The hard copy is $30 plus $6 shipping and handling per map, but orders for multiple maps may cost less to ship. Wyoming addresses should include 6 percent sales tax (calculated before adding shipping and handling).

The Publications Sales Office is located in the WSGS Building on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie. Orders can also be placed by phone (307) 766-2286 ext. 224, fax (307) 766-2605, or e-mail at wsgs.sales@wyo.gov.

Press Release
from the Office of the Wyoming State Geologist
Ron Surdam, State Geologist