Collection of Composite Soil Samples at Mount Rushmore

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Detailed Description

Collection of composite soil samples, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, June 20, 2012. An environmental concern to water resources within Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been the annual aerial fireworks display at the memorial for the Independence Day holiday during 1998–2009. A major concern of park management is the contamination of groundwater and surface
water by perchlorate, which is used as an oxidizing agent in firework displays. A study by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Park Service, was completed to characterize the occurrence of perchlorate and selected metals (constituents commonly associated with fireworks) in groundwater and surface water within and adjacent to Mount Rushmore National Memorial during 2011–15 (


Image Dimensions: 3264 x 2448

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Location Taken: Keystone, SD, US