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Major and Trace Elements in 35 Lake and Reservoir Sediment Cores From Across the United States, 1994–2001

By Peter C. Van Metre, Barbara J. Mahler, Jennifer T. Wilson, and Edward Callender

U.S. Geological Survey
Data Series 166—ONLINE ONLY

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This report presents data on major and trace element concentrations in sediment cores collected from 35 lakes and reservoirs during 1994–2001. The lakes and reservoirs are located in or near 18 major urban areas across the United States and provide a geographically diverse coverage of urban land use for the country as well as some reference settings. Vertical intervals of the cores were analyzed for eight major elements and eight trace elements.

Table of Contents



Study Design

Core Collection

Analytical Methods

Major and Trace Elements in Lake Sediment Cores





1.   Map showing locations of lake sediment coring sites, 1994–2001


1.   Watershed characteristics of lakes and reservoirs sampled during 1994–2001
2.   Concentrations of selected major and trace elements in sediment cores

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