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Water and Sediment Geochemistry Data from the Vicinity of Yellow Pine, Idaho, 2014-2015


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Holloway, J.M., Pribil, M.J., McCleskey, R.B., Rutherford, Danny, Repert, D.A., DeWild, John, Breitmeyer, Sara, Berry, Cyrus, and Adams, Monique, 2016, Water and sediment geochemistry data from the vicinity of Yellow Pine, Idaho, 2014-2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Samples were collected at or near baseflow conditions. Water pH and specific conductance were measured in the field, with specific conductance also measured in the laboratory and calculated based on the ionic strength of samples based on laboratory analyses. Water samples were collected for laboratory analyses using a peristaltic pump with silicon tubing. Samples were filtered through a reusable plexiglass filter holder with nylon screws using 0.45µm polyethersulfone membranes that were rinsed with approximately 20mL of sample water prior to collection. Splits were also collected unfiltered to determine trace metal concentrations associated with suspended sediments. The filtration apparatus was rinsed with deionized water between samples. [...]


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The objective of the study that generated these data was to determine geologic background concentrations of trace metals in water and stream sediment, and to quantify the increase in dissolved constituents in streams attributable to historical mining activity in the Yellow Pine Mining District, Valley County, Idaho. Sediment and water samples were collected from tributaries to the South Fork Salmon River, Valley County Idaho in three separate field trips: August 2014, June 2015, and July 2015. Sampling focused on Cinnabar Creek, which flows through the Cinnabar mine site, and Sugar Creek, with additional sites selected to place the data into a larger watershed context.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7TB150Z

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