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Quantifying Erosion of Mercury-Contaminated Gold Mining Debris at Deer Creek, California

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 07/30/2018 - 14:12

At the Deer Creek study site in Nevada County, California, the USGS Western Remote Sensing and Visualization Center (WRSVC) has utilized tripod-mounted lidar to quantify the eroded volume of mercury-contaminated sediment associated with historical gold mining from a discrete section of cutbank for three periods between 2010 and 2013. The eroded volumes were combined with laboratory analyses of mercury concentration and grain-size distribution in the sediment to estimate the amount of mercury mobilized by Deer Creek for the various periods.