Intrepid West

stratabound potash-bearing salt in United States of America

Geologic information

CountryUnited States of America
Location:-103.9386, 32.4847
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Site typemine
Deposit typestratabound potash-bearing salt
Evaporite basinPermian
Basin typeintracratonic basin
Geologic unitSalado Fm
Potassium minerals:
Other minerals:
Geologic map unit-103.9386, 32.4847
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Economic information

StatusActive Production (2008)
CompanyIntrepid (2008)
Estimates of reserves or resources
Ore tonnage179.6 provMillion tonnes
K2O tonnage19.8 provMillion tonnes
Grade of K2O11% of ore
Data sourceBritish Sulphur (1984)

Reference information


This is possibly the largest mineable potash reserve in the United States.


Barker, J.M., and Austin, G.S., 1996, Overview of the Carlsbad Potash District, New Mexico, in Austin, G.S., Hoffman, G.K., Barker, J.M., Zidek, J., and Gilson, N., eds., Proceedings of the 31st forum on the geology of industrial minerals; The Borderland Forum, El Paso, Tex., April 23-28, 1995, Preceedings: Socorro, New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Bulletin 154, p. 49-61.
Barker, James, and Gundiler, Ibrahim, 2008, New Mexico potash; Past, present, and future: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources New Mexico Earth Matters, Summer 2008, p. 1-4.
British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 1984, World survey of potash resources (4th ed.): London, British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 145 p.
Cheeseman, R.J., 1978, Geology and oil/potash resources of Delaware Basin, Eddy and Lea Counties, New Mexico, in Austin, G.S., comp., Geology and mineral deposits of Ochoan rocks in Delaware Basin and adjacent areas: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Circular 159, p. 7-14.
Roskill Information Services Ltd., 1989, The economics of potash (2d ed.): London, Roskill Information Services Ltd., 121 p.