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Red Cone mountain
Red Cone mountain in the upper portion of Handcart Gulch, Colorado, site of a multidisciplinary study of a natural acid-rock-drainage system in an unmined setting. The red staining is from the oxidation of pyrite. Photograph by Jonathan Caine, USGS.

We conduct research on the interactions of mineral resources with the environment, both natural and as a result of resource extraction, to develop geochemical baseline parameters and better predict the degree of impact that resource development may have on human and ecosystem health. These activities include efforts to better understand emerging environmental geochemical challenges for future mining and the uses, characteristics, and environmental/health implications of metal and mineral commodities in the built environment.

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