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Long-Term Monitoring of Soil Geochemistry for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative


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The effects of soil composition on human and ecological health are well documented. Soil can be a pathway for potentially toxic elements of natural or anthropogenic origin to enter the human or animal body through ingestion, inhalation, or dermal absorption and to enter plants by absorption through root tissues. A soil geochemical survey was conducted in the WLCI study area in southwest Wyoming as part of the long-term monitoring objective of this project. The primary purpose of the survey was to determine the abundance and spatial distribution of 44 chemical elements in soil. Such baseline information is needed by land managers to aid in recognizing and quantifying changes in soil composition caused by either anthropogenic or natural [...]


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U.S. Geological Survey
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David B Smith

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  • Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative

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Information derived from USGS Science for WLCI Annual Reports.

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