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dc.contributor.authorLameman Austin, Terri Lynn
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-15T17:47:47Z
dc.date.available2012-10-15T17:47:47Z
dc.date.issued2012-10-15
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/21286
dc.descriptionA Professional Project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Water Resources, Water Resources Program, University of New Mexico.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the distribution of uranium in drainages in Cove wash in northeastern Arizona. The dispersion of uranium from reclaimed mine sites on the Navajo Nation is not well studied in soils, sediment, and water. During the 1950s and 1960s, the Cove mining region produced relative uranium and vanadium ore. Legacy uranium mines in Cove Mesa were reclaimed in phases between the early 1990s to 1998. Following reclamation, however, in 1999, elevated concentrations of uranium were detected in well, seeps and surface water in the watershed, which are above the EPA’s MCL (30 μg/L). In August 2011, solid (sediment, soil, and rock), and water (surface and ground) samples were collected down-gradient from reclaimed uranium mines on Cove Mesa and in background areas to determine the distribution and characteristics of uranium and other trace metals. In addition, radiometric surveys were conducted in the study drainage area (4.3 mi2). Surface and groundwater samples were analyzed for major cations and anions, trace metals, alkalinity, and 18O. Solid samples were analyzed to determine trace element composition. The results were compared with a 1999 EPA study to determine changes in water chemistry and provide a new baseline value for future investigation. The hypothesis that concentrations of uranium in surface water remain elevated since 1999 was supported. This research provides better understanding of the current distribution of uranium and other trace metals on the Navajo Nation.en_US
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dc.subjectCove wash, Arizonaen_US
dc.subjecturaniumen_US
dc.subjectreclaimed mine sitesen_US
dc.subjectNavajo Nationen_US
dc.subjectreclamationen_US
dc.subject.lcshUranium mines and mining--Environmental aspects--Navajo Indian Reservation.
dc.subject.lcshUranium--Environmental aspects--Navajo Indian Reservation.
dc.subject.lcshWater quality--Navajo Indian Reservation.
dc.subject.lcshGroundwater--Quality--Navajo Indian Reservation.
dc.titleDistribution of uranium and other trace constituents in drainages downstream from reclaimed uranium mines in Cove wash, Arizonaen_US
dc.typePresentationen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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