U.S. Geological Survey

Geoenvironmental Models of Mineral Deposits, and Geology-Based Mineral-Environmental Assessments of Public Lands

By G.S. Plumlee, K.S. Smith and W.H. Ficklin

U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-0203

This publication introduces and describes the geoenvironmental model of mineral deposits. The mineral deposit geology and the geochemical processes control element dispersion into the environment before, during and after mineral resource development. This paper describes how this information is organized into models and how such models can be used to assess the environmental effects of mineral resource development on public lands

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For more information about this report contact William D. Heran at wheran@usgs.gov

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