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Occurrence of minor elements in water

January 1, 1961

Three basic studies, using spectrographic methods, have been used to establish the occurrence of minor elements in natural waters. One study, of oceanborne chemicals in principal rivers, has established a method for the quantitative analysis of many minor elements. Strontium, barium, lithium, rubidium, chromium, nickel, copper, lead, boron, titanium, molybdenum, manganese, and vanadium occur most frequently in measurable quantities.

Reconnaissance of the strontium in surface waters of the United States, shows that surface waters in parts of northern and western Texas and southern New Mexico and Arizona are comparatively high in strontium. A study of minor elements in selected waters of California is continuing. Assessment of preliminary data on uranium and radium in waters is facilitated by grouping data for 10 geotectonic regions of the United States.

Publication Year 1961
Title Occurrence of minor elements in water
DOI 10.3133/cir445
Authors W. H. Durum, Joseph Haffty
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Circular
Series Number 445
Index ID cir445
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse