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Questa Baseline and Pre-mining Ground Water Investigation:11. Geochemistry of Composited Material from Alteration Scars and Mine-Waste Piles

By P.H. Briggs, S.J. Sutley, and K.E. Livo

U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-458

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Composited, surficial material was collected from alteration scars, a less intensely altered site, and mine-waste piles in the Red River Valley Basin, located in the southern Sangre de Cristo Range of north central New Mexico. All samples were analyzed for forty elements by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry, total sulfur and quantitative X-ray diffraction mineralogy.

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