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The Nassawango bog ores in the modern environment for surficial geochemical processes were studied. The formation of Nassawango bog ores was suggested to be due to inorganic oxidation when groundwater rich in ferrous iron emerges into the oxic, surficial environment. It was suggested that the process, providing a phosphorus sink, may be an unrecognized benefit for mitigating nutrient loading from agricultural lands. It is found that without the effect of iron fixing bacteria, bog deposites could not form at significant rates.
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Bog iron formation in the Nassawango Creek watershed, Maryland, USA
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First International Conference on Monitoring, Simulation and Remediation of the Ecological Environment, GEO-ENVIRONMENT 2004