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Mercury contamination from historic gold mining in California

Charles N. Alpers

Mercury contamination from historic gold mining in California

by Charles N. Alpers

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Published by U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey in [Reston, Va.? .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Gold mines and mining -- Environmental aspects -- California,
  • Mercury -- Environmental aspects -- California,
  • Mercury wastes -- California

  • Edition Notes

    Other titlesUSGS, science for a changing world.
    Statementby Charles N. Alpers and Michael P. Hunerlach.
    SeriesFact sheet -- FS-061-00., Fact sheet (Geological Survey (U.S.)) -- FS-00-061.
    ContributionsHunerlach, Michael P., Geological Survey (U.S.)
    The Physical Object
    Pagination1 folded sheet (6 p.) :
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL17742389M
    OCLC/WorldCa45711913

    This study examined mercury concentrations in whole fish from Camp Far West Reservoir, an ha reservoir in northern California, USA, located downstream from lands mined for gold during and following the Gold Rush of – Total mercury (reported as dry weight concentrations) was highest in spotted bass (mean, μg/g; range, Cited by: Mercury is a chemical element with the symbol Hg and atomic number It is commonly known as quicksilver and was formerly named hydrargyrum (/ h aɪ ˈ d r ɑːr dʒ ər ə m / hy-DRAR-jər-əm). A heavy, silvery d-block element, mercury is the only metallic element that is liquid at standard conditions for temperature and pressure; the only other element that is liquid under these Group: group

    California Mercury mining, Mercury mine companies, mine owners and mine information. US-Mining provides information on mines, operators, and minerals mined in California. The most commonly listed primary commodities in California mines are Gold, Silver, and Copper. At the time these mines were surveyed, 5, mines in California were observed to have ore mineralization in an outcrop, shallow pit, or isolated drill hole—known as an occurance mine. 1 California has 4, prospect mines. 2 15, mines were in.

    Nearly priority physical safety hazard sites in California have been secured in the past few years, and dozens more are scheduled to be closed in USGS Study of Mining-Related Mercury Contamination in California. The principal types of abandoned mines responsible for mercury contamination in California are mercury mines and gold mines. Abstract. From to , approximately 7 I00 metric tons of metallic mercury (Hg) were released into the Carson River-Lahontan Reservoir watershed as a by-product of Comstock Lode silver (Ag) and gold (Au) ore refining. Present-day Hg contamination is File Size: KB.


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Mercury contamination from historic gold mining in California by Charles N. Alpers Download PDF EPUB FB2

Mercury contamination from historical gold mines represents a potential risk to human health and the environment. This fact sheet provides background information on the use of mercury in historical gold mining and processing operations in California, with emphasis on historical hydraulic mining areas.

Additional Physical Format: Online version: Alpers, Charles N., Mercury contamination from historic gold mining in California. [Reston, Va.?: U.S. Dept. of the. Mercury contamination from the mining and recovery of gold during the late 19th and early 20th centuries is widespread in watersheds where there are historic placer-gold mines in.

Mercury contamination in California waterways posed a threat to both the environment and human health. The roots of the problem are in gold mining; since the California Gold Rush, mercury has been used for gold extraction.

Historically, % of mercury was lost in the mining process, resulting in widespread contamination of river and lake sediments. However, restoration is complicated by mercury (Hg) contamination. Historic practices of gold-mining in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Hgmining in the.

Mercury contamination from historic gold mines represents a potential risk to human health and the environment. This fact sheet provides background information on the use of mercury in historic gold mining and processing operations in California, and describes a new USGS project that addresses the potential risks associated with mercury from.

Mercury contamination from his-toric gold mines represents a potential risk to human health and the environ-ment. This fact sheet provides back-ground information on the use of mercury in historic gold mining and processing operations in California, and describes a new USGS project that addresses the Mercury contamination from historic gold mining in California book risks associated.

Mercury contamination from historical gold mines represents a potential risk to human health and the environment. This fact sheet provides background information on the use of mercury in historical gold mining and processing operations in California, with emphasis on historical hydraulic mining areas.

It also describes results of recent USGS projects that address the Cited by: Loss of mercury in the amalgamation process was a source of environmental contamination. Eventually, hard-rock mining wound up becoming the single largest source of gold produced in the Gold Country.

The total production of gold in California from then till now is estimated at million ounces ( t). Geological after-effects. Mercury contamination from historic gold mines represents a potential risk to human health and the environment.

This fact sheet provides background information on the use of mercury in historic gold mining and processing operations in California, and describes a new USGS project that addresses the potential risks associated with mercury from these sources, with emphasis Cited by: based approach to addressing regional mercury contamination associated with historic gold mining in the Sierra Nevada.

An abandoned mine in the Dutch Flat mining district, California (fig. 1), which is a highly concentrated point source of mercury impacting the Bear River watershed, was identified as part of the current study.

A large amount of mercury-contaminated soil, which ended up in northern California from gold mining in the 19th century, is unleashed about once a decade by floods on the Sacramento River. Appleton JD () Mercury contamination associated with artisanal gold mining on the island of Mindanao, the Philippines.

Sci Tot Environ Google Scholar Aryee, BNA, Ntibery BK, Atorkui E () Trends in the small-scale mining of precious minerals in Ghana: a perspective on its environmental by:   Mining in California ceased decades ago, leaving behind at least mercury mines, though no one knows for sure how many.

One U.S. Geological Survey scientist says the total may be as high as 2, An environmental History of California during the Gold Rush. Between and almost $1 billion in gold was mined in California.

With little available capital or labor, here's how: high-pressure water cannons washed hillsides into sluices that used mercury to trap gold but let the soil wash away; eventually more than three times the amount of earth moved to make way for Cited by: Mercury runoff stemming from the historic gold mining that helped make Nevada County the community what it is today continues to provide an environmental challenge from waterhead to the bay and between, according to a Thursday panel discussion at the three-day Reclaiming the Sierra : John Orona.

Gold: The California Story. Berkeley: University of California Press. Curious about how and why gold panning eventually gave way to hydraulic mining. Then you should check out Gold by Mary Hill.

This book provides a good lay introduction to the history, geology and technology of 19th century gold mining in Size: 1MB. The story of quicksilver mining in California is relatively unknown.

Even the knowl-edge that quicksilver was a major industry in nineteenth-century California—let alone the number-two industry in the value of production through behind gold mining—escapes most historians, as do the facts that mercury mining was the firstFile Size: KB.

Widespread mercury (Hg) contamination of aquatic systems in the Sierra Nevada of California, U.S., is associated with historical use to enhance gold (Au) recovery by amalgamation. In areas affected by historical Au mining operations, including the western slope of the Sierra Nevada and downstream areas in northern California, such as San.

An unintended legacy of California’s gold rush, which began inendures today in the form of mercury-laden sediment. New research by Michael Singer, associate researcher at UC Santa Barbara’s Earth Research Institute, shows that sediment-absorbed mercury is being transported by major floods from the Sierra Nevada mountains to Central Valley lowlands.

Funding for the USGS study of As bioavailability at Empire Mine State Historic Park came from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control through a Cited by: 4.use of mercury in the recovery of both gold and sil- ver from the ores was well known in the Medieval times, al-Zuhri, for example, claimed that the Spanish mercury was exported to Abyssinia where it was used in gold mining operations (Allan, ); the name, Almaden, in fact is Arabic for 'the mine'.Floodplain storage of sediment contaminated by mercury and copper from historic gold mining at Gold Hill, North Carolina, USA Scott A.

Lecce a,⁎,skyb a Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment, East Carolina University, NCUSA b Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning, Missouri State University, Springfield, MOUSAFile Size: 1MB.