Blowout

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  • (anthropology/archaeology) A patch of land in the Great Plains states of North America where dry soil is blown away by wind leaving heavier rock and possibly artifacts on the surface.
    Source: LITHICS-Net, Glossary of Lithics Terminology
  • (geology)
  1. A basin scooped out of soft, unconsolidated deposits by process of
    Source: Leet, L. Don. 1982.Physical Geology, 6th Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall 
  2. A large mineralized outcrop beneath which the vein is smaller, e.g., a great mass of quartz that conceals a vein only a few feet wide.
  3. A shot or blast that goes off like a gun and does not shatter the rock; a windy shot.
  4. A large outcrop beneath which the vein is smaller is called a blowout. (slang) Fay
  5. The high-pressure, sometimes violent, and uncontrolled ejection of water, gas, or oil from a borehole. Long
  6. Used by prospectors and miners for any surface exposure of strongly altered discolored rock associated, or thought to be associated, with a mineral deposit. AGI
  7. Used by miners and prospectors for a large, more or less isolated, usually barren quartz outcrop. Known in Australia as blow. Hess
  8. To put a blast furnace out of blast, by ceasing to charge fresh materials, and continuing the blast until the contents of the furnace have been smelted. Fay
  9. To smelt the iron-bearing materials in the furnace, adding domestic coke so that the stockline is about normal. Camp
  10. A general term for a small saucer-, cup-, or trough-shaped hollow or depression formed by wind erosion on a preexisting dune or other sand deposit, esp. in an area of shifing sand or loose soil, or where protective vegetation is disturbed or destroyed; the adjoining accumulation of sand derived from the depression, where recognizable, is commonly included. Some blowouts may be many kilometers in diameter. AGI

Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms


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