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Chemical elements in the environment: multi-element geochemical datasets from continental to national scale surveys on four continents

December 6, 2017

During the last 10-20 years, Geological Surveys around the world have undertaken a major effort towards delivering fully harmonized and tightly quality-controlled low-density multi-element soil geochemical maps and datasets of vast regions including up to whole continents. Concentrations of between 45 and 60 elements commonly have been determined in a variety of different regolith types (e.g., sediment, soil). The multi-element datasets are published as complete geochemical atlases and made available to the general public. Several other geochemical datasets covering smaller areas but generally at a higher spatial density are also available. These datasets may, however, not be found by superficial internet-based searches because the elements are not mentioned individually either in the title or in the keyword lists of the original references. This publication attempts to increase the visibility and discoverability of these fundamental background datasets covering large areas up to whole continents.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2017
Title Chemical elements in the environment: multi-element geochemical datasets from continental to national scale surveys on four continents
DOI 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2017.11.010
Authors Patrice de Caritat, Clemens Reimann, David B. Smith, Xueqiu Wang
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Applied Geochemistry
Series Number
Index ID 70194561
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center