Groundwater continues to gain recognition as a critical natural resource issue in Colorado. At the same time the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment CDPHE is developing a statewide groundwater protection plan that will identify aquifer vulnerability to pollution. The CGS hydrogeology team was brought in to augment the science and develop a comprehensive online portal to the geoscience behind these efforts. The CDPHE determined that an ever-expanding digital environment makes it necessary that information and data are available to a wide public audience. This effort compiles existing material in an easily-accessible digital format from many sources and builds on our award-winning Ground Water Atlas of Colorado.
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Environmental radioactivity is produced by radioactive materials in the human environment. While some radioisotopes , such as strontium 90 Sr and technetium 99 Tc , are only found on Earth as a result of human activity, and some, like potassium 40 K , are only present due to natural processes, a few isotopes, e. The concentration and location of some natural isotopes, particularly uranium U , can be affected by human activity. Radioactivity is present everywhere , and has been since the formation of the earth. Natural radioactivity detected in soil is predominantly due to the following four natural radioisotopes: 40 K, Ra, U, and Th.
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Note: This story was originally published on Oct. Processed brine waste from oil and natural gas drilling could raise levels of radium — a radioactive metallic element found in the brine — in soil and groundwater when spread on winter roads, environmentalists warn. As temperatures continue to dip, it will be only a matter of time before road crews across the state head out in the wee hours to pre-treat roads for snow and ice. Ohio weather: How to stop your pipes from freezing and tips on staying warm during a cold snap. Many will use processed brine waste from oil and natural gas drilling.
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