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Fact Sheet 2007–3079

Understanding Contaminants Associated with Mineral Deposits

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Recent interdisciplinary studies by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have resulted in substantial progress in understanding the processes that control
• the release of metals and acidic waters from inactive mines and mineralized areas,
• the transport of metals and acidic waters to streams, and
• the fate and effect of metals and acidity on downstream ecosystems.

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Posted September 2007

Suggested citation:

Verplanck, P.L., Church, S.E., and Smith, K.S., 2007, Understanding contaminants associated with mineral deposits: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2007-3079, 4 p.

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