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By Nic Korte

A consultant for the Technical review of Environmental facts offers the perception you wish for comparing analytical facts bought from environmental samples. frequently, analyses played on a number of samples can result in lost quandary at the mistaken analytes. for instance, a geologist may comprehend which hint metals will be certainly found in the resource rock underlying a website, yet now not recognize which metals might be anticipated due to tire put on or which polynuclear fragrant hydrocarbons will be current due to a close-by powerplant. This ebook offers you references to aid selection making concerning collection of contaminants.

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For example, a geologist would know which trace metals might be naturally present in the source rock underlying a site but would not know which metals should be expected because of tire wear or which polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) would be present because of a nearby power plant. Commonly, a comprehensive series of analyses is performed on a few reconnaissance samples. From this paucity of data, a decision must be made regarding whether a site is potentially contaminated. If contamination is believed present, then the scope of the ensuing investigation must also be determined.

2 Natural Sources of Trace Elements This section briefly discusses natural emission sources that can confound interpretation of soil (chiefly surface soil) and water samples. , Duce et al. 1991; Nriagu 1989). The purpose of including this information is to illustrate that natural emissions are enormous and must be considered when evaluating analytical data for trace elements. For example, copper emissions from natural sources have been estimated at 80,000 to 250,000 t/year (Stephenson 1987). 6.

Professional judgment is required to select and interpret the threshold from the graphs described previously in this section. Exercising that judgment properly is the subject of the following chapters. A. V. Grigorian. 1977. Geochemical Exploration Methods for Mineral Deposits, Applied Publishing, Wilmette, IL. J. J. Massey Jr. 1969. , Springer-Verlag, New York. Efron, B. 1982. The Jackknife, the Bootstrap and Other Resampling Plans, SIAM, Philadelphia. Page 20 Efron, B. J. Tibshirani. 1993. An Introduction to Bootstrap, Chapman and Hall, New York.

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