Uranium Found Using EPA Map in Poison Canyon New Mexico

Uranium Found Using EPA Map in Poison Canyon New Mexico

While I was out visiting the Trinity Site this year I stopped by Grants, New Mexico to do a quick exploration of the Poison Canyon uranium mining area. I looked at this specific area because of an EPA report I read that had some aerial radiological surveys done. So I was curious as to how radioactive these areas would be and what the quality of the uranium would be there that I could easily find in the ore dumps. I’m planning on coming back to the area again to do a more detailed exploration when I have the time.

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  1. Bob Maisano on January 23, 2023 at 3:43 am

    Love to watch your formative videos. Would it be possible to utilize the mSivert scale the next time you go out scouting? I use a gamma scout detector and read that either rotogens or micro siverts show the decay rate strength rather than the counts per second or per minute.

  2. ScottyDM aka: Scott Miller on January 23, 2023 at 3:43 am

    Is it radon that caused the lung cancer, or rock dust containing uranium and all those lovely decay products of uranium?

  3. Cynthia J Candelaria on January 23, 2023 at 3:45 am

    I grew up in that area and I can tell you that the Uranium pilings left on the side of the road were 15 ft. high in some areas. Left there for many years by Kerr McGee Mining Corp. As children, we used to play King of the Mountain on top of these pilings. It wasn’t the Aquafor that was contaminated at first, but the Rio Puerco River that ran at a very close range from these pilings soon contaminated the river when it rained the runoff quickly poured right into it. All our livestock were becoming tragically ill from the exposure as well as the people that lived off the river and depended on it for drinking and cooking. It was a very traumatic event when we noticed the river water’s color had changed dramatically and we didn’t know why our sheep were being born deformed or very sick and died. Kerr McGee burned the people settling with them for damages for just thousands of dollars. These were very poor and desperate people and were easily persuaded. and took the money offered to them. Very sickening. Do you Mr. even know the details before you make such bland assumptions? You know nada!

  4. LA Johnson on January 23, 2023 at 3:45 am

    Foolish man.

  5. Jeffrey Garrett on January 23, 2023 at 3:46 am

    I live in New Mexico and as ive gotten older I’ve been wanting to go exploring more of these sites .

  6. Metallus Melandril on January 23, 2023 at 3:48 am

    I am a nuclear physicist and rlllly love your vids!
    But idd appreciate to have you not only measure the cpms, but also some Sivert. This is much better comparable and better to calculate with 🙂

    And holy crap you’re cinematography is spot on!

  7. Thanos on January 23, 2023 at 3:48 am

    Asking for a friend if he can buy some of those rocks 🪨 he is building a nuclear reactor in his shed and needs uranium 😊

  8. archstanton live on January 23, 2023 at 3:49 am

    Brecciated kimberlite pipes.

  9. K Magnussen on January 23, 2023 at 3:49 am

    FYI: Check out times are negotiable. I am a herpetologist and look for snakes on the road in the desert all night. I ask for a late check out and I have been given check out as late as 4 pm.

  10. David Edgar on January 23, 2023 at 3:49 am

    I wasn’t aware of a hot area that I had a hot exposure causing health issues. It wasn’t until further testing that the exposure was discovered. Please be careful, plus life long dosage, has a definable affect.
    My first visit to a nuclear reactor was when I was 11. My neighbor was a nuclear physicist who had a lab at Brookhaven.

  11. R R on January 23, 2023 at 3:52 am

    Wow so cool. I love your truck setup! My question is this 112kcpm on that one rock your found…..is this dangerous? If you had that in your house?

  12. Sevier County Gun Club on January 23, 2023 at 3:56 am

    Now this was cool. My backpack would have been full.

  13. pizzafrenzyman on January 23, 2023 at 3:58 am

    Very exciting

  14. Coptermovies com on January 23, 2023 at 3:58 am

    Would it not be a good idea to wear gloves when touching samples that hot?

  15. Remy David on January 23, 2023 at 3:58 am

    Nothing like spending all that money on a Geiger counter. Only to devote 10 minutes of your time. Before having to run off to do stupid shit. So why even make this video when you don’t have the time? You’re supposed to make the time. To produce, something. Other than a fragmented video with a dearth of information. Telling us how big a hurry you are in to go do stupid shit. Yeah that makes a lot of sense. Like we really need to know about the stupid shit. You really don’t need to go do. If you were an actual adult. But you’re not. Just another child in an adult’s body.

    Well groovy Tuesday there you cute little cheeky type! You better get along run and play.

  16. Reizinho Do Jogo on January 23, 2023 at 4:01 am

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    Cole isso em todos os vídeos que você vê!
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  17. Dave Jacques on January 23, 2023 at 4:01 am

    There is some interesting things to learn about and very lovely to see but when you put that reader on a piece and it goes off it would be nice in your editing that you could turn it down and shorten it…I got this terrible ringing in my ears now thanks!

  18. Borracho Porrero on January 23, 2023 at 4:02 am

    just go to idaho where you can buy homes made from irradiated monsanto slag there.

  19. martynewport on January 23, 2023 at 4:03 am

    I love deserts and nature, uranium adds a new dimension of excitement to it. Thanks for good videos.

  20. Rusty Cuyler on January 23, 2023 at 4:04 am

    There is nothing worse in a YT video than the "music montage" of boring-ass shit. I see you do the musical montage thing quite a lot. I instantly skip over any parts as soon as I hear the Muzak fire up. Please stop adding ANY music at all to your videos. If you can refrain from subjecting us to music montages, I will subscribe. No more Muzak on youtube videos !!

  21. pazsion on January 23, 2023 at 4:07 am

    Plus the uranium oxide dust being breathed in

    Uranium is not found in water naturally 😊 but it’s one of those things nuke people say to normalize toxic waste I guess don’t worry everything is safe. We didn’t dump anything there

  22. Tiger Tiger on January 23, 2023 at 4:07 am


  23. Rangetech North America on January 23, 2023 at 4:07 am

    Dhs must love you at the border 😂

  24. Remy David on January 23, 2023 at 4:10 am

    Bad so the purpose of this video is for what? Exposing yourself to, radioactive, uranium, exposure to? Why? Irradiating yourself for YouTube videos? Why? Do you hate life? Do you love cancer? Are you, radio logically, logical? I’m not thinking so? Do you like to stare death in the face? And breathe in its, radioactive dust? That will remain in your lungs for the next 120,000 years? As if your lungs could work that long? They won’t be working much longer. Not when You’ve taken a nice big deep fresh breath of, uranium dust. It cures lung function. And so you don’t have to worry about breathing anymore! You won’t be. It’s that simple.

    Yeah radioactivity. Not for the faint of heart. Or teenagers.

  25. susan olson on January 23, 2023 at 4:11 am

    What happens to the animals who live around there?

  26. Z R on January 23, 2023 at 4:14 am

    Hey could I go mine enough to then cause problems. Just curious.

  27. Umm on January 23, 2023 at 4:15 am

    Can you sell this stuff?

  28. IlIIlIlIlIlIlIlIl on January 23, 2023 at 4:17 am

    I was of the understanding that anything over 50k cpm was dangerous and definitely stuff over 100k. I definitely wouldn’t be holding a rock reading 113k.

  29. jdspreest on January 23, 2023 at 4:19 am

    These readings are not great, not terrible.

  30. Thomas Smith on January 23, 2023 at 4:20 am

    Indigenous People out there used uranium ore for a yellow paint. Not good.

  31. DrSmileMore on January 23, 2023 at 4:20 am

    Why you don’t reduce the noise of the meter in the video is beyond me. Cannot watch any more.

  32. K L on January 23, 2023 at 4:21 am

    What is the yellow on the rocks you picked up. We were near some old gold mines near the Phoenix valley and found a rock with yellow (absolutely not gold😂) on one side, thought it was sulfur.

  33. somebodyelse5 on January 23, 2023 at 4:22 am

    For the record, you taco would have gotten up that no problem 🙂

  34. Ratcity5 on January 23, 2023 at 4:22 am

    Wish I could find the paper I read years ago that showed the government knew that radon poisoning was bad if you didn’t vent the mines. Like the Tuskegee experiment letting syphilis run wild they decided to see what would happen if they didn’t properly vent the mines.

  35. Steven Gill on January 23, 2023 at 4:22 am

    With a name like "Poison Canyon", you know it’s going to be interesting!

  36. David Mann on January 23, 2023 at 4:23 am

    Can you do a video of what the numbers mean? Like a #, = how many x-rays would it be or the danger level. Great videos.

  37. pilotdane on January 23, 2023 at 4:24 am

    I love the comments about the background level. It really tells where you live and explore versus where I am in central/eastern NC where the background level at night is something less than 10 counts per minute and rarely hits 20 during the day.

  38. Terence Galati on January 23, 2023 at 4:26 am

    You can protect your meter by wrapping in plastic wrap. If you get radioactive dust inside, it will throw off your background readings in the future. Yes, your alpha and beta readings will be reduced, but you are just scouting for the hot rocks.

    I would bring a laminated chart with you in the field so you can point to the levels. Lot’s of charts available on the web.

    I would also bag up your field clothes before you leave the site. Then compare them to your clean clothes when you get home. You could wear a Covid mask as well and see if it gets hot.

    A video on EPA radiation exposure limits and a discussion "No Limit Zero Threshold" radiation model would be helpful.

  39. Swirrll Folfsky on January 23, 2023 at 4:27 am

    With the carnotite just right on the surface of the flood channel/stream bed there, I’m not surprised at all that there’s radioactive elements in the water table. Anybody who says it’s just because of mining is either ignorant, malicious, or delusional

  40. jan doodle on January 23, 2023 at 4:27 am

    6:20 do I see some cell destruction on his fingers ?😂

  41. Jas Trapper on January 23, 2023 at 4:27 am

    Hey Drew this might seem odd but do you know anything about yellow cake? I was a Marine Infantryman stationed in western Iraq. If you look on a map where the Euphrates River enters Iraq from Syria you might find Al Qaim. I’m not sure of all of the history of the area but I believe it was the location of a Sadam Hussein attempt at nuclear energy. Maybe before the Iran Iraq war. Not sure on all the history there. I have photographs of these huge dump truck loads of yellow material all around the train station near Al Qaim. As far as the eye could see in some cases. All spaced apart in the desert. I believe there is also a fertilizer plant a few miles from the train station (or at least that is what we were told). I was always curious about that area and if that was indeed “yellow cake” or some other byproduct from it’s production. And if so, were those piles hazardous? Lol.

  42. Frozen Joe on January 23, 2023 at 4:28 am

    Any time a rock face is opened during mining that allows the sealled oxidized layer open to the air, r and runoff from groundwater, rain, etc. If the rocks have a lot of sulfides this creates acid which leaches minerals out of the rock, < whatever is in the rocks, like arsnic lead , manganese , iron, coper, Uranium, and that puts these deadly runoff into the environment,. There are many medical studies and histories documenting these medical facts. Heavy radioactivity kills people and stock.. Many indians have died due to uranium mining on Tribal Land, and that land is poisoned to this day.

  43. K. Mondy on January 23, 2023 at 4:29 am

    Why do this?

  44. Krisofamerica on January 23, 2023 at 4:31 am


  45. L2 PositionUno on January 23, 2023 at 4:32 am

    Ahhh! Gates and fences, welcome to Utah.

  46. Jeffrey Garrett on January 23, 2023 at 4:33 am

    I live in New Mexico and as ive gotten older I’ve been wanting to go exploring more of these sites .

  47. Vince Talancon on January 23, 2023 at 4:35 am

    Hey Drew I really like your videos. I have a few questions I am still so new to this. All the information I have is from videos on here. A few questions I have is. Say I have a ore sample that’s 1000CPM. how long would I have to say hold it look at it. With rubber gloves on and a face mask to stop the dust. Before the radiation could affect me. ? Thanks I plan on keeping it in a Lead Pig too

  48. Joseph Donahue on January 23, 2023 at 4:36 am

    I give your show a glowing report.

  49. Arden Nielsen on January 23, 2023 at 4:37 am

    8:20 filter the oar using nitric acid… old way, manually crushing it by hand and hand picking out sand stone flakes…

  50. Sticker Chief on January 23, 2023 at 4:40 am

    My grandpa was one of the mining navajos got sick and died from it
    They say it passes on genetically so I should be radiant as well 😄

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