This report provides the geochemical analyses of a large set of background soils collected from the surface of the Coconino Plateau in northern Arizona. More than 700 soil samples were collected at 46 widespread areas, sampled from sites that appear unaffected by mineralization and (or) anthropogenic contamination. The soils were analyzed for 47 elements, thereby providing data on metal concentrations in soils representative of the plateau. These background concentrations can be used, for instance, for comparison to metal concentrations found in soils potentially affected by natural and anthropogenic influences on the Coconino Plateau in the Grand Canyon region of Arizona.
The soil sampling survey revealed low concentrations for the metals most commonly of environmental concern, such as arsenic, cobalt, chromium, copper, mercury, manganese, molybdenum, lead, uranium, vanadium, and zinc. For example, the median concentrations of the metals in soils of the Coconino Plateau were found to be comparable to the mean values previously reported for soils of the western United States.
Van Gosen, B.S., 2016, Element concentrations in surface soils of the Coconino Plateau, Grand Canyon region, Coconino County, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1160, 9 p. http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161160.
ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)
Table of Contents
- Sample Collection
- Summary of Results
- References Cited
- Appendix 1. Geochemical Analyses of Soils Collected on the Surface of the Coconino Plateau Grand Canyon Region, Northern Arizona
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Element concentrations in surface soils of the Coconino Plateau, Grand Canyon region, Coconino County, Arizona|
|Series title||Open-File Report|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center|
|Description||Report: v, 9 p.; Appendix|
|Other Geospatial||Coconino Plateau, Grand Canyon|
|Online Only (Y/N)||Y|