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Stream sediment background concentrations in mineralised catchments in Northern Ireland: assessment of ‘pressures’ on water bodies in fulfilment of Water Framework Directive objectives

Palumbo-Roe, Barbara; Ander, Louise; Cave, Mark; Johnson, Chris; Cooper, Mark. 2016 Stream sediment background concentrations in mineralised catchments in Northern Ireland: assessment of ‘pressures’ on water bodies in fulfilment of Water Framework Directive objectives. In: Young, M.E., (ed.) Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland. Dublin, Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, 293-302, 10pp.

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Abstract/Summary

An approach for deriving sediment background metal and metalloid element concentrations using systematically collected geochemical survey data is demonstrated in the mineralised area associated with the Ordovician-Silurian rocks in counties Down and Armagh in Northern Ireland. Operationally-defined background ranges can be used for improving the assessment of the environmental pressures posed by historical mining on impacted catchments and establishing feasible catchment restoration goals. Deriving pre-mining baselines provides essential information for any proposed mineral development project, with direct benefit to the mineral sector and industry.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3318/978-1-908996-88-6.ch23
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Geological Survey of Northern Ireland
ISBN: 9781908996879
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 24 Jan 2017 12:53 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/515927

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