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Assessing Energy Exploration/Development Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycling in the Muddy Creek Watershed


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The Muddy Creek watershed, part of the Upper Colorado River watershed, is a semi-arid catchment in a sagebrush steppe ecosystem. A synoptic watershed assessment was conducted in 2010 to identify areas within the watershed that are more susceptible to mobilization of trace elements that occur in soils forming on marine shale. Samples of soil, stream sediment, and water were collected and assayed for major elements and a suite of trace elements. Formation waters discharged from two wells within the watershed were sampled in 2011 to evaluate their potential contribution of organic carbon, nitrogen (N) species, and trace elements to surface waters. In FY2012, analyses of the soil, rock, and water samples collected in 2010 and 2011 were [...]


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  • Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative



Information derived from USGS Science for WLCI Annual Reports.

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  • Assessing Energy Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycling in the Muddy Creek Watershed

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