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Uranium mine waste water: potential source of ground water in northwestern New Mexico

Open-File Report 77-625

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Abstract

Substantial quantities of water are being pumped from the Morrison Formation of Late Jurassic age in uranium mines in the Grants mineral belt in northwestern New Mexico. The water often contains unacceptable amounts of dissolved uranium, radium, iron, and selenium and suspended solids, but with treatment it can be made suitable for municipal and industrial purposes. Water salvaged from current and projected mining operations constitutes the most readily available water in this otherwise water-deficient area.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Uranium mine waste water: potential source of ground water in northwestern New Mexico
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
77-625
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1977
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
10 leaves :ill., map ;27 cm.