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Chemical Analyses of Ground and Surface Waters, Ester Dome, Central Alaska, 2000-2001

By P.L. Verplanck1, S.H. Mueller2, E.K. Youcha3, R.J. Goldfarb2, R.F. Sanzolone2, R.B. McCleskey1, P.H. Briggs2, M. Roller4, M. Adams2, and D.K. Nordstrom1


1U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, CO 80303
2U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO 80225
3University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775
4Fairbanks Gold Mining Incorporated, Fairbanks, AK 99707

U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-244

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This USGS Open-File Report presents water analyses for ground and surface waters collected at 33 sites on and near Ester Dome, Fairbanks area, central Alaska during 2000-2001. This interdisciplinary study focused on documenting the temporal and spatial chemical variations in arsenic concentrations to elucidate the processes that lead to elevated arsenic concentrations in ground water. Ester Dome, located along the western margin of the city of Fairbanks, Alaska, is known to contain ground waters with high dissolved arsenic concentrations, some in excess of 1 milligram per liter. In addition to the analytical data, this report describes the regional and local geology.

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