National Analysis of Trace Elements

These United States Geological Survey (USGS) publications cover issues surrounding trace elements found in streams, ground water, reservoir bed sediment, fish tissue, and clam tissue across the US. The research is part of the National Water Quality Assessment program (NAWQA), which studies 31 metals and radionuclides present in our nations water resources. These include arsenic, lead, zinc, radon, and mercury, among others. Contaminant sources, concentrations, and distributions are foci of the research. This site includes the latest news, data sets, publications, links to more information, as well as current and past studies surrounding the issue of trace elements in our water resources.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water quality/chemistry , Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Point Source Pollution, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Environmental Mineralogy, Geoscience:Hydrology
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Maps, Datasets and Tools:Datasets
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional
Data Derived: Data Derived
Data Source: Observational Data
Geochemistry Applications: Environmental Geochemistry, Atmospheric Geochemistry
Health Topics: Waterborne Transport Processes, Minerals, Gases
Science Background Required: Basic scientific background required
Topics: Human Dimensions/Resources, Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere, Groundwater:Water quality/chemistry, Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Environmental Mineralogy
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Mineralogy, Environmental Geology, Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water