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TitleSOURCES, source apportionment using isotope ratio characterization of oil sands environmental samples: airborne contaminations - northern Athabasca Oil Sands region / SOURCES, Sources des contaminants aériens dans l'environnement de la région des sables bitumineux
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AuthorAhad, J M E
SourcePublic presentations: Environmental Geoscience Program, current status of research projects, May 2017; by Jacob, N; Ahad, J; Gammon, P; Rivard, C; Kao, H; White, D; Parsons, M; Galloway, J; Geological Survey of Canada, Scientific Presentation 70, 2017 p. 5-17, https://doi.org/10.4095/304681
Year2017
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Jacob, N; Ahad, J; Gammon, P; Rivard, C; Kao, H; White, D; Parsons, M; Galloway, J; (2017). Public presentations: Environmental Geoscience Program, current status of research projects, May 2017, Geological Survey of Canada, Scientific Presentation no. 70
File formatpptx
ProvinceAlberta
NTS73M/13; 73M/14; 73M/15; 73M/16; 74D; 74E; 74L/01; 74L/02; 74L/03; 74L/04; 74L/05; 74L/06; 74L/07; 74L/08; 83P/14; 83P/15; 83P/16; 84A/01; 84A/02; 84A/03; 84A/06; 84A/07; 84A/08; 84A/09; 84A/10; 84A/11; 84A/14; 84A/15; 84A/16; 84H/01; 84H/02; 84H/03; 84H/06; 84H/07; 84H/08; 84H/09; 84H/10; 84H/11; 84H/14; 84H/15; 84H/16; 84I/01; 84I/02; 84I/03; 84I/06; 84I/07; 84I/08
AreaAthabasca River; Fort McKay; Fort McMurray; Muskeg River
Lat/Long WENS-113.5000 -110.0000 58.5000 55.7500
Subjectsenvironmental geology; fossil fuels; environmental studies; environmental impacts; pollutants; organic materials; nitrogen; ecosystems; atmospheric geochemistry; soils; vegetation; mining; oil sands; petroleum resources; hydrocarbons; bedrock geology; lithology; bitumen; lake sediment cores; biogeochemistry; isotopic studies; Northern Athabasca Oil Sands Region (NAOSR); Muskeg River Watershed; McMurray Formation; natural contaminants; anthropogenic contaminants; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); forests; tree rings; pines; spruces; forest fires; Phanerozoic; Cenozoic; Quaternary; Mesozoic; Cretaceous
Illustrationslocation maps; geochemical plots; photographs; schematic cross-sections; satellite images; plots; tables; geoscientific sketch maps
ProgramManagement, Environmental Geoscience
Released2017 09 14
AbstractA follow-up to the successful CORES Project (2009-2014), SOURCES (SOurce apportionment Using isotope Ratio Characterization of oil sands Environmental Samples; 2014-2019) is focused on the development and application of geochemical and isotopic methodologies to distinguish between natural and anthropogenic contaminants and to better understand processes controlling their distribution in Northern Alberta's Athabasca oil sands region. The project is divided into research projects centred on airborne and waterborne contaminants. The airborne component to SOURCES is examining inorganic nitrogen species (NH3/NH4 and NO3) in air, soils and trees, and organic contaminants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons - PAHs) in lake sediments and snow. The waterborne activity is focused on the surface water-groundwater interactions in areas potentially impacted by emissions from the large tailings ponds. The main contaminants of concern for the waterborne component are metals and naphthenic acids - a complex mixture of carboxylic acids found naturally in bitumen that become concentrated in oil sands process-affected water. As of spring 2017, most fieldwork required to support this research (both components) has been carried out. Analyses on PAHs in lake sediments and snow, nitrogen and nutrients in tree rings and soils, and metals and naphthenic acids in groundwater and surface water samples are ongoing.
GEOSCAN ID304681