Pond Water, Sediment and Crystal Chemistry

by Dennis W. Westcot, California Water Quality Control, Board, Sacramento, United States,
Jeanne E. Chilcott, California Water Quality Control, Board, Sacramento, United States,
Greg Smith, California Water Quality Control, Board, Sacramento, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives

Abstract: The chemistry of pond waters is characterized with respect to TDS, major solute species and trace elements. Similar chemical characteristics are presented for pond bottom sediments as well as salt crystals. Comparisons with natural background concentrations in seawater and saline-sink lakes confirm findings of unusually elevated levels of boron, arsenic, selenium, molybdenum and uranium.

Subject Headings: Salt water | Ponds | Sediment | Trace elements | Water chemistry | Salts

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