Masters Theses


"The Problem.

Washington County, Missouri contains a limited number of outcrops of pre-Cambrian igneous rocks, the majority of which are in the extreme southern part of the county. The known association of lead ore with buried or partially buried pre-Cambrian igneous knobs and ridges in this part of Missouri has led the St. Joseph Lead Company to prospect in areas known to contain these features. In its exploration program, the St. Joseph Lead Company has drilled a number of prospect holes which have encountered other occurrences of pre-Cambrian igneous rocks within the limits of Washington County. This drilling, correlated with magnetic and geologic maps, has expanded our knowledge of the distribution of igneous rocks in Washington County.

The purpose of the present investigation was to identify as completely as possible the igneous rock types which occur in Washington County, to seek relationships between them in regard to position and origin, to delineate the topography of the pre-Cambrian surface, to study the effect of both primary and secondary mineralization upon the igneous rocks, and to determine the relationship between the occurrence of the igneous rocks and the mineralization, particularly the relationship of magnetite mineralization to the igneous rock types as revealed by direct observation and by magnetic anomalies"--Introduction, page 1.


Grawe, Oliver R. (Oliver Rudolph), 1901-1965


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Geology


St. Joseph Lead Company


This investigation is a cooperative project of the Geology Departments of the St. Joseph Lead Company and of the School of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Missouri. The St. Joseph Lead Company employed the writer for two summers to carry on the study and provided funds for field expenses and for the making of thin sections. The project was initiated by agreement between Dr. John S. Brown, Chief Geologist of the St. Joseph Lead Company, and Dr. O. R. Grawe, Chairman of the Geology Department of the School of Mines and Metallurgy.


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

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v, 183 pages

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Includes bibliographical references (page 182).

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Washington County, Missouri

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© 1956 Gordon Blair French, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Geology -- Missouri -- Washington County
Geology, Stratigraphic -- Precambrian
Igneous rocks

Thesis Number

T 1115

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Geology Commons


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