Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan. Page: 32 of 368
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16 MINERAL CHARACTER OF THE COUNTRY.
the last thirty miles we have observed a range of sand-hills, from ten to
thirty feet high, which appear to have been thrown up by the winds,
and support a very spare vegetation of weeds, grape-vines, and plumbushes.
Upon the river the timber has diminished so much that we
now find only here and there a few solitary cotton-woods.
From the fact that the Witchiti mountains are composed almost
entirely of granite and other silicious rocks that usually accompany
metallic veins, and that in many places along the range they bear evident
marks of great local disturbance, and from the many detached
specimens of copper ore found upon the surface throughout this region,
I have no doubt but that this will be found, upon examination, to be a
very productive mineral district.
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Marcy, Randolph Barnes. Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan., book, 1854; Washington, DC. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6105/m1/32/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .