Mountaintop Mining Pollution Has Distinct Chemical Signatures

Three elements commonly found at elevated levels in an Appalachian river polluted by runoff from mountaintop coal mining have distinctive chemistries that can be traced back to their source, according to a Duke University-led study. “Essentially, we found that these elements have unique isotopic fingerprints, meaning we can use them as diagnostic tools to quantify mountaintop mining’s relative contribution to contamination in a watershed,” said Avner Vengosh one of the Duke University researchers. With this new research it is easier to find out which chemicals are produced by the mining pollution and which are of natural entity.

Pollution- Water Polutants

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130815133604.htm

-Manny Portela

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