Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center

Aqueous Geochemistry Research and Development

Technical Outreach

Members of the Aqueous Geochemistry Research and Development Project have contributed to the scientific community by participating in technical organizations, serving on technical committees, and supporting scientific outreach. Listed below are some of these activities:

  • Foster is a participating researcher in a multi-year, multi-disciplinary NSF-funded “Stanford Environmental Molecular Science Institute” project that brings together researchers from Stanford University and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory to study various aspects of molecular-scale processes that impact the environment. See http://www.er.doe.gov/OBER/ERSD/ersd_emsi.html and http://pangea.stanford.edu/research/emsi/.
  • Smith is serving on the Steering Committee of the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative Metal Mining Sector (ADTI-MMS) (http://www.unr.edu/mines/adti/). ADTI-MMS is a technically based organization composed of representatives from state and federal government, academia, the mining industry, and consulting firms who are involved in scientific aspects of managing metal-mine wastes. The mission of ADTI-MMS is to identify, evaluate, develop, and disseminate information about cost effective, environmentally sound methods and technologies to manage mine wastes and related metallurgical materials for abandoned, inactive, active, and future mining and associated operations and to promote understanding of these technologies.
  • Smith co-convened a technical session on Mine-Rock Piles and Pyritically Altered Areas—their Slope Stability and Effect on Water Quality for the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 18, 2005 (Smith co-convened with Virginia McLemore and Patrick Walsh, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources). See http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2005AM/finalprogram/session_16046.htm
  • Smith co-convened a technical session on ICARD: Impacts I: Surficial Impacts for the 7th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage (ICARD 7) and Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) Annual Meeting and Exhibit, St. Louis, Missouri, March 28, 2006 (Smith co-convened with James Ranville, Colorado School of Mines).
  • Smith co-presented a workshop on Potential Impact and Risk Assessment through the Geological Survey of Finland and ERAC, Kuopio, Finland, Feb. 7, 2007. See http://www.gtk.fi/export/sites/fi/tutkimus/maankaytto/kaivos/
  • Smith co-convened a technical session on Rock Piles-Understanding and Uncertainty for the 2007 Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) Annual Meeting and Exhibit and the 109th National Western Mining Conference, Denver, Colorado, February 25-28, 2007 (Smith co-convened with Virginia McLemore, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources).
  • Smith co-convened a short course on Predicting Mining Impacts and Simple Assessment Tools for Abandoned Mine Sites--Simple Tools for Assessment/Screening of Abandoned Mine Sites for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America (SETAC), Golden, Colorado, April 12, 2007 (Smith co-convened with James Ranville, Colorado School of Mines).

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Journal Articles and Review Volumes

McLemore, V.T., Smith, K.S., Russell, C.C., and the Sampling and Monitoring Committee of the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative-Metal Mining Sector (ADTI-MMS), Sampling and monitoring for closure, Chapter 11, in DeGraff, J.V., ed., Reviews in Engineering Geology, vol. 17, Understanding and Responding to Hazardous Substances at Mine Sites in the Western United States: Geological Society of America, pp. 171-180.

Smith, K.S., 2005, Acid rock drainage, in Price, L.G., Bland, D., McLemore, V.T., and Barker, J.M., eds., Mining in New Mexico - The Environment, Water, Economics, and Sustainable Development, Decision-Makers Field Guide 2005, Chapter 2: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, p. 59-63. Available online at http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/publications/decisionmakers/home.html. PDF file of Chapter 2 [813 KB].

Smith, K.S., 2007, Strategies to predict metal mobility in surficial mining environments, Chapter 3, in DeGraff, J.V., ed., Reviews in Engineering Geology, vol. 17, Understanding and Responding to Hazardous Substances at Mine Sites in the Western United States: Geological Society of America. pp. 25-45.

Wanty, R.B., and Seal, R.R., II (eds.), 2004, Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction (WRI-11), Saratoga Springs, New York, June 27-July 2, 2004, 1684 p. (Rich Wanty and Bob Seal performed their editorial duties through this project.)

Reports in Proceedings of Professional Technical Meetings

McLemore, V.T., Russell, C.C., Smith, K.S., and the Sampling and Monitoring Committee of the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative-Metal Mining Sector (ADTI-MMS), 2004, Sampling and monitoring for closure, in Proceedings of the 2004 Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Annual Meeting and Exhibit, Denver, Colorado, February 23-25, 2004, Preprint 04-62, 7 pp.

Ranville, J., Blumenstein, E., Adams, M., Choate, L., Smith, K., and Wildeman, T., 2006, Integrating bioavailability approaches into waste rock evaluations, in Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage (7th ICARD), St. Louis, Missouri, March 26-30, 2006, pp. 1642-1653.

Smith, K.S., 2005, Use of the Biotic Ligand Model to predict metal toxicity to aquatic biota in areas of differing geology, in Proceedings of the 2005 National Meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, Breckenridge, Colorado, June 19-23, 2005, pp. 1134-1154.

Smith, K.S., Hageman, P.L., Ramsey, C.A., Wildeman, T.R., and Ranville, J.F., 2006, Reconnaissance sampling and characterization of mine-waste material, in Proceedings of the Hard Rock 2006 Conference, Tucson, Arizona, November 14-16, 2006: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Smith, K.S., Ranville, J.F., Adams, M.K., Choate, L.M., Church, S.E., Fey, D.L., Wanty, R.B., and Crock, J.G., 2006, Predicting toxic effects of copper on aquatic biota in mineralized areas by using the Biotic Ligand Model, in Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage (7th ICARD), St. Louis, Missouri, March 26-30, 2006, pp. 2055-2077.

Abstracts, Presentations, and Posters for Professional Technical Meetings

McLemore, V.T., Russell, C.C., Smith, K.S., and the Sampling and Monitoring Committee of the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative - Metal Mining Sector (ADTI-MMS), 2004, Sampling and monitoring for closure [abs.]: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, February 23-25, 2004. (Abstract and presentation)

Smith, K.S., 2007, Geochemical and geological factors that influence metal speciation, transport, and aquatic toxicity: ERAC Workshop, Kuopio, Finland, Feb. 7, 2007. (Presentation) Presentation is available online at: http://www.gtk.fi/export/sites/fi/tutkimus/maankaytto/kaivos/Kathleen_Smith_reviewed_presentation_Feb07_2007.pdf [PDF file, 3.1 Mb].

Smith, K.S., Hageman, P.L., and Briggs, P.H., 2005, Leaching characteristics of composited materials from mine waste-rock piles and naturally altered areas near Questa, New Mexico [abs.]: Geological Society of America 2005 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 16-19, 2005, Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no. 7, p. 395. (Abstract and presentation) Available online at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2005AM/finalprogram/abstract_90915.htm.

Smith, K.S., Hageman, P.L., Briggs, P.H., Sutley, S.J., McCleskey, R.B., Livo, K.E., Verplanck, P.L., Adams, M.G., and Gemery-Hill, P.A., 2007, Questa baseline and pre-mining ground-water quality investigation. 19. Leaching characteristics of composited materials from mine waste-rock piles and naturally altered areas near Questa, New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5165, 49 pp. Link to: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2006/5165/

Wildeman, T.R., Ranville, J.F., Blumenstein, E.P., Smith, K.S., and Choate, L.M., 2005, Advances in simple methods of assessing the toxicity of mine wastes [abs.]: Geological Society of America 2005 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 16-19, 2005, Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no. 7, p. 394. (Invited abstract and presentation) Available online at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2005AM/finalprogram/abstract_92717.htm.

Wildeman, T.R., Smith, K.S., and Ranville, J.F., 2007, A simple scheme to determine potential aquatic metal toxicity from mining wastes: Environmental Forensics, vol. 8, pp. 119-128.

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