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Joint U.S. study compares forest, ag shallow ground water chemical status after land use change


May 26, 2015
By Ground Water Canada

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May 26, 2015, Columbia, MO – A University of Missouri and University of Lincoln joint study has compared shallow ground water chemical composition at floodplain sites.

May 26, 2015, Columbia, MO – A University of Missouri and University of
Lincoln joint study has compared shallow ground water chemical
composition at floodplain sites.

Scientists
studied two sites that have been subject to a century of different land
use. Among other findings, BHF ground water had significantly
(p < 0.05) higher concentrations of nutrients (S, K, Mg, Ca, Na);
agricultural groundwater had significantly (p < 0.05) higher
concentrations of trace elements (As, Cd, Co, Cu, Mb, Ni, Ti); and
ground water/surface water comparisons suggest chemical composition
patterns are impacted by site hydrology and vegetation.

Read the abstract here.

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