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Ground-water investigation of arsenic, Fairbanks, AK

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This hydrogeochemistry study of Ester Dome, Alaska is a collaborative investigation with the Geologic Division of the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Fairbanks Gold Mining Incorporated. The objectives are to determine the current water-quality baseline, identify the hydrologic pathways, determine the geologic and hydrologic controls of the ground-water chemistry, and identify the processes controlling the variability of dissolved arsenic concentrations.



Verplanck, P.L. , Mueller, S.H. , Goldfarb, R.J. , Nordstrom, D.K. , and Youcha, E.K.,2008, Geochemical controls of elevated arsenic concentrations in groundwater, Ester Dome, Fairbanks district, Alaska: Chemical Geology, v. 255, no. 1-2, p.160-172.

Verplanck, P.L., Mueller, S.H., Goldfarb, R.J., and Nordstrom, D.K., 2007, Elevated arsenic in ground water, Ester Dome (Alaska) in Cidu, R. and Frau, F., eds., Water in Mining Environments: Proceedings of the International Mine Water Association Symposium 2007, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, p. 473-477.

Verplanck, P.L., Mueller, S.H., Youcha, E.K., Goldfarb, R.J., Sanzolone, R.F., McCleskey, R.B., Briggs, P.H, Roller, M., Adams, M., and Nordstrom, D.K. (2003) Chemical analyses of ground and surface waters, Ester Dome, Central Alaska, 2000-2001: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, 03-244.

Ground-Water Studies in Fairbanks, Alaska— A Better Understanding of Some of the United States’ Highest Natural Arsenic Concentrations, U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 0111-01

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