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Analyzing Salinity Patterns in Muddy Creek, Carbon County, Wyoming


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Salinity is the sum of dissolved salts in water and can have major effects on surface-water quality in semi-arid regions such as southwestern Wyoming. High levels of salinity can make water unsuitable for wildlife or irrigation. A wide variety of processes influence the salinity of surface waters, including mobilization of salts or concentration of salts already in the water. Disturbance of soils that contain natural salts below the surface can lead to salt mobilization as the exposed salts come into increased contact with water from rain, snowmelt, or streamflow. Because soil disturbance is inevitable with energy development, increased stream salinity is a potential concern in developed watersheds. In 2005, energy development in [...]


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Carleton Bern
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U.S. Geological Survey

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  • Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative



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Information derived from USGS Science for WLCI 2012 Annual Report.

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