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Radiochemical analyses of surface water from U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic bench-mark stations

Open-File Report 72-191

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey's program for collecting and analyzing surface-water samples for radiochemical constituents at hydrologic bench-mark stations is described. Analytical methods used during the study are described briefly and data obtained from 55 of the network stations in the United States during the period from 1967 to 1971 are given in tabular form.

Concentration values are reported for dissolved uranium, radium, gross alpha and gross beta radioactivity. Values are also given for suspended gross alpha radioactivity in terms of natural uranium. Suspended gross beta radioactivity is expressed both as the equilibrium mixture of strontium-90/yttrium-90 and as cesium-137.

Other physical parameters reported which describe the samples include the concentrations of dissolved and suspended solids, the water temperature and stream discharge at the time of the sample collection.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Radiochemical analyses of surface water from U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic bench-mark stations
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
72-191
Year Published:
1972
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Utah Water Science Center
Description:
41 p.
Country:
United States