Recent & Active Research — Uranium
During a period of nearly three decades (1951-1980), the Grants uranium district in northwestern New Mexico yielded more uranium than any other district in the United States. There has been renewed interest in uranium resources because ore values are rising due to concern about greenhouse gas emmissions from burning hydrocarbons. There also continiues to be a legacy of health and environmental hazards related to abandoned mines in New Mexico. Our staff and students have conducted several recent studies regarding uranium mineralization and mine-site remediation.