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Contaminated sediments database for the Gulf of Maine

Open-File Report 2002-403

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Abstract

Bottom sediments in the Gulf of Maine and its estuaries have accumulated pollutants of many types, including metals and organic compounds of agricultural, industrial, and household derivation. Much analytical and descriptive data has been obtained on these sediments over the past decades, but only a small effort had been made, prior to this project, to compile and edit the published and unpublished data in forms suitable for a variety of users. The Contaminated Sediments Database for the Gulf of Maine provides a compilation and synthesis of existing data to help establish the environmental status of our coastal sediments and the transport paths and fate of contaminants in this region. This information, in turn, forms one of the essential bases for developing successful remediation and resource management policies.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Contaminated sediments database for the Gulf of Maine
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2002-403
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2002
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
illus. incl. 5 tables, sketch maps, 83 refs