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Distribution of radionuclide and trace-elements in ground water, grasses, and surficial sediments associated with the alluvial aquifer along the Puerco River, northeastern Arizona; a reconnaissance sampling program

Open-File Report 87-206

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Abstract

The concentrations of gross alpha radioactivity minus uranium equaled or exceeded 15 picoCuries/L (pCi/L) in five of 14 wells sampled. The concentration of radium-226 plus radium-228 exceeded the primary water quality standard of 5 pCi/L in one well. The concentration of uranium exceeded a recommended limit of 0.035 mg/L in two wells. Perennial grass and sediment samples had low concentrations of radionuclides. The concentration of trace elements in the sediment samples was not unusual. Water quality of surface water in the Puerco River at Chambers varied as a function of the suspended sediment concentration. Concentrations of total gross alpha radiation fluctuated from 12 to 11,200 pCi/L. Concentrations of total gross beta radiation fluctuated from 45 to 4,500 pCi/L. (Author 's abstract)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Distribution of radionuclide and trace-elements in ground water, grasses, and surficial sediments associated with the alluvial aquifer along the Puerco River, northeastern Arizona; a reconnaissance sampling program
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
87-206
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1987
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
iv, 105 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.