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Selected borehole geophysical logs from three contaminant sites in California, Wisconsin, and New Jersey

Borehole geophysical logs were collected to characterize bedrock aquifers at three contamination sites located in California, Wisconsin, and New Jersey. The data were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Guelph from 2014 to 2015 as part of the U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Techn

Data set for a mesocosm to field assessment of the ecological risks associated with neonicotinoids in US streams

Neonicotinoids, a widely used class of insecticide, have been found in surface waters globally. They pose a risk to non-target species found in aquatic environments such as aquatic macroinvertebrates. To better understand the effects of the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin and their mixtures on aquatic communities we ran a 30 day mesocosm test. Rock trays were colonized with natural benth

Fractional Estimates of Multiple Exotic Annual Grass (EAG) Species and Sandberg bluegrass in the Sagebrush Biome, USA, 2016 - 2020

These datasets provide historical estimates of fractional cover for some specific exotic annual grasses (EAG) species and a native perennial bunch grass for 2016 - 2020. Four specific fractional cover maps per year along with corresponding confidence maps are included in this release. The maps include; 1) Exotic annual grasses (EAG) fractional cover map that includes cheatgrass (Bromus tectrorum)

U-Pb zircon data for: Upper Triassic and Jurassic sedimentary rocks from Sonora, MX

This laser ablation ICPMS U-Pb zircon data set supports stratigraphic, biostratigraphic and age interpretations of the of the fossil-plant-bearing El Game?o Formation of west-central Sonora, Mexico and the potentially age-correlative fossil-plant-bearing Santa Clara and Coyote formations of southeastern Sonora, Mexico. The zircon data provides minimum age constraints (maximum depositional ages) fo

Microbiology of the Utica Shale

In order to determine the innate microbial community of shale gas reservoirs and how they are impacted by hydraulic fracturing, this study analyzed biomass collected from produced water and rock from hydraulically fractured wells in the Utica Shale. The samples include rock chips from a drill core from one Utica well, produced water from that same Utica well, and produced water from 12 different U

Pre-rehabilitation Biological Assessment of the Lower Maumee River, Ohio, 2019

Data are from biological and physical environmental assessments conducted during 2019 in the Maumee River, Ohio. Sites were located from river kilometer 24 to 11. Water quality parameters, fishes, invertebrates, and river channel characteristics were assessed during 2019 from May-September. Previously established standardized sampling methods were used during all assessments.

Amphibian Chytrid Swab Data from Churchill County, Nevada (2019-2021)

This dataset includes results from external skin swabbing of Anaxyrus williamsi and Lithobates catesbeianus to test for the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis from the Dixie Valley in Churchill County, Nevada, in 2019-2021.

Data on Produced Water Quality and Quantities from Hydraulically Fractured Williston Basin Oil Wells

This dataset contains compositional data on 17 produced water samples from hydraulically fractured unconventional oil wells completed in the Middle Bakken and Three Forks Formations. The oil wells are located in five different wellfields across the Williston Basin. Specific gravity, conductivity, temperature, pH and oxidation-reduction potential for each sample was measured in the field. Ions (B,

Modeled nutrient and sediment concentrations from the Des Plaines River at Route 53 at Joliet, Illinois, based on continuous monitoring from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2020

During the 2018-20 water years, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, operated a continuous monitoring station on the Des Plaines River at Route 53 at Joliet, Illinois (USGS station 05537980), to better quantify nutrient and sediment loadings from the Greater Chicago Area to the Illinois River. This data release presents est

Mean squared logarithmic error in daily mean streamflow predictions at GAGES-II reference streamgages

This data release contains daily mean squared logarithmic error (MSLE), as well as several decompositions of the MSLE, for three streamflow models: nearest-neighbor drainage area ratio (NNDAR), a simple statistical model that re-scales streamflow data from the nearest streamgage; the version 3.0 calibration of the National Hydrologic Model Infrastructure application of the Precipitation-Runoff Mod

Atomic Force Microscopy-based Infrared Spectroscopy Data within Immature Eagle Ford Shale at the Nanometer-scale

The nanoscale molecular composition of kerogen is a challenging parameter to characterize given the chemical and structural complexity exhibited by this important biopolymer. However, kerogen composition will strongly impact its reactivity and so is a critical parameter to understand petroleum generation processes during kerogen catagenesis. The recent advent of tip-enhanced analytical methods, su

Investigating the effects of broad ion beam milling to sedimentary organic matter

To test if reflectance increases to sedimentary organic matter (vitrinite) caused by broad ion beam (BIB) milling were related to molecular aromatization and condensation, we used Raman and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies to evaluate potential compositional changes in the same vitrinite locations pre- and post-BIB milling. The same locations also were examined by atomic force micr