Read Me File For Plate IX and Associated GIS Layers*:
Uranium Occurrences in Vermont
(This read me file written by: Jonathan
Kim, Vermont Geological Survey, August 2002)
Vt mwu.dbf, Vt mwu.shp, Vt mwu.shx
MRDS usitesii.dbf, MRDS usitesii.shp, MRDS usitesii.shx
These are GIS point
coverages of places where uranium has been reported on the ground. Vt
mwu.shp are locations where McHone and Wagener (1980) identified uranium
on the ground based on geophysical and geochemical techniques as part
of the National Uranium Resource Evaluation (NURE). The McHone and Wagener
(1980) uranium occurrences were made into a point coverage in PC Arcinfo
from original latitudes and longitudes.
Mineral Resource Data System (MRDS) usitesii.shp are locations uranium
or thorium occurrences or prospects have been reported as compiled by
the U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Resource Data System (MRDS). The
MRDS was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey and
the Vermont Geological Survey. Many of the locations are common between
the McHone and Wagener (1980) and MRDS datasets. The MRDS database for
Vermont was received from the U.S. Geological Survey and the uranium
and thorium occurrences in this dataset were selected out and made into
a shape file.
Geodetic Information NAD 83 Vermont Stateplane coordinates (Zone 5526)
McHone, J.G. and Wagener, H.D., 1980, Uranium Resource Evaluation, Glens
Falls Quadrangle New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire: U.S. Dept. of
Energy, Grand Junction, Colorado, 40 p..
Mineral Resource Data System for Vermont, U.S. Geological Survey digital
The only way to determine with certainty if groundwater from a particular
well has elevated radionuclide levels is to have the water tested by
a certified lab. The Vermont Department of Health recommends that all
private well owners test their wells for naturally-occurring alpha radiation
every 5 years http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/ph_lab/water_test.aspx#two.
This map should not be used as a replacement for detailed,
site-specific studies by competent technical personnel.
This map (and the other eight maps in this series) displays geological
and geophysical data compiled from surveys conducted at various times
over several decades. The information used in preparing the map(s) represents
the best data possessed by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources at
the time of production. The data is subject to revision at any time
and the map user should contact the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
to determine whether there have been any changes in the data on which
the map was based.
Although every effort has been made to faithfully portray the information
from the surveys, the Agency of Natural Resources cannot vouch for the
accuracy of the data on which the map(s) was based. No warranty as to
the accuracy or the usefulness of the data on the map(s) is expressed
*GIS Data available from Vermont Geological Survey, 103 South Main
Street, Waterbury, Vermont 05671, 802/241-3608