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Rocky Mountain snowpack physical and chemical data for selected sites, 2010

April 16, 2011

The Rocky Mountain Snowpack program established a network of snowpack-sampling sites in the Rocky Mountain region, from New Mexico to Montana, to monitor the chemical content of snow and to understand the effects of regional atmospheric deposition on freshwater systems. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Park Service; the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service; the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Teton County, Wyoming; and others, annually collected and analyzed snow-pack samples at 48 or more sites in the Rocky Mountain region during 1993-2010. Sixty-three snowpack-sampling sites were each sampled once in 2010, and those data are presented in this report. Data include acid-neutralization capacity, specific conductance, pH, hydrogen ion concentrations, dissolved concentrations of major constituents (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, ammonium, chloride, sulfate, and nitrate), dissolved organic carbon concentrations, snow-water equivalent, snow depth, total mercury concentrations, and ionic charge balance. Quality-assurance data for field and laboratory blanks and field replicates for 2010 also are included.

Publication Year 2011
Title Rocky Mountain snowpack physical and chemical data for selected sites, 2010
DOI 10.3133/ds570
Authors George P. Ingersoll, Alisa Mast, James M. Swank, Chelsea D. Campbell
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Data Series
Series Number 570
Index ID ds570
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Colorado Water Science Center