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Chemical Analyses of Stream Sediment in the Tar Creek Basin of the Picher Mining Area, Northeast Oklahoma

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY Open-File Reports 88-469

By David L. Parkhurst, Michael Doughten, and Paul P. Hearn

ABSTRACT

Chemical analyses are presented for 47 sediment samples from the Tar Creek drainage in the Picher mining area of northeast Oklahoma. The samples were taken in December 1983, June 1984, and June 1985. All of the samples were taken downstream from mine-water discharge points of abandoned lead and zinc mines. The 34 samples taken in December 1983 and June 1984 were analyzed semiquantitatively by emission spectrography for 64 elements and quantitatively for cadmium, copper, iron, manganese, nickel, lead, sulfur, zinc, and organic carbon. The 13 samples taken in June 1985 were analyzed quantitatively for aluminum, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, phosphorus, lead, sulfur, silicon, titanium, vanadium, zinc, and organic carbon.

CONTENTS

Abstract
Introduction
     Purpose and scope
Description of sampling sites
Methods
Description of data tables
Reference cited
Attachment 1
     Explanation of the site-numbering system


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