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Understanding Metal Pathways in Mineralized Ecosystems

Circular 1317

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Abstract

Successful management of ecosystems containing historical mine wastes requires understanding of processes that are responsible for the distribution, concentration, and bioavailability of potentially toxic elements. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists recently completed several investigations at historical mine sites in the western United States. These investigations have improved our understanding of how metals are mobilized from mineralized sources, are transported through the environment, and become available to humans and other biota. The new information is being used by Federal, State, and local agencies that manage and remediate abandoned mine lands.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Understanding Metal Pathways in Mineralized Ecosystems
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
1317
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2007
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
Geology DisciplineMineral Resources Program
Description:
iv, 12 p.