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TitleSOURCES: a geochemical map of an oil sands plume - initial results / SOURCES: carte géochimique d'un petit panache dans les sables bitumineux - premiers résultats
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AuthorGammon, P
SourcePublic presentations of May 19, 2020: Environmental Geoscience Program, current status of research projects for the 2019-2024 program cycle; by Jacob, N; Outridge, P MORCID logo; Lintern, GORCID logo; Bringué, MORCID logo; Ahad, J M EORCID logo; Gammom, P R; Rivard, CORCID logo; Kao, HORCID logo; White, DORCID logo; Desbarats, A JORCID logo; Galloway, J MORCID logo; Duchesne, M JORCID logo; Geological Survey of Canada, Scientific Presentation 118, 2020 p. 47-57, Open Access logo Open Access
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PublisherNatural Resources Canada
MeetingPublic presentations of May 19, 2020: Environmental Geoscience Program; CA; May 19, 2020
Lang.English; French
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Public presentations of May 19, 2020: Environmental Geoscience Program, current status of research projects for the 2019-2024 program cycle
RelatedThis publication is related to SOURCES: waterborne contamination in the oil sands region
File formatpdf
NTS73M; 74D; 74E; 74L; 83P; 84A; 84H; 84I
AreaAthabasca River; Fort McKay; Fort McMurray; Muskeg River
Lat/Long WENS-113.5000 -110.0000 58.5000 55.7500
Subjectsenvironmental geology; fossil fuels; hydrogeology; geochemistry; Nature and Environment; Science and Technology; petroleum resources; hydrocarbons; oil sands; mining; tailings; environmental studies; environmental impacts; pollutants; mapping techniques; modelling; models; geochemical analyses; geochemical interpretations; surface waters; groundwater; water geochemistry; groundwater geochemistry; hydrologic environment; groundwater flow; flow systems; element distribution; boron; potassium; attenuation; organic geochemistry; Northern Athabasca Oil Sands Region (NAOSR); Risk assessment; cumulative effects
Illustrationslocation maps; geoscientific sketch maps
ProgramEnvironmental Geoscience Program Management
Released2020 09 15
AbstractSOURCES contains 2 activities (Gammon, Ahad) plus legacy publications (Gammon, Ahad, Savard, Zheng). The externally-funded Ahad activity is scheduled to commence in 2020-21 FY. Two legacy papers were published in 2019-20, with 5 more submitted or in preparation.
The Reactive Transport Model (RTM) activity (Gammon, externally funded) extensively sampled the oil sands tailings-water plume discovered in the previous EGP cycle. Initial data demonstrates a bullseye circular surface-water plume map. The groundwater plume map is more irregular due to subsurface hydrogeological complexity that forms preferential flow paths. Calculation of boron attenuation factors indicates that there is rapid attenuation at a reaction front, possibly due to sorption processes. Time-consuming organic and eDNA analytical data is ongoing, but will fill in the emerging picture of this plume. The plume does not seem to reach the Muskeg River.
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This is the fifth year for the project leaders of the Environmental Geoscience Program (EGP) from the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) within Natural Resources Canada to present their annual scientific updates. Twelve power point presentations illustrate all the project status of all research going on within EGP. Subjects are connected to the following key words: Volcanoes, mercury, dredge disposal at sea, oil spills, diluted bitumen, oil sands, aquifer impacts, induced seismicity, geological storage of carbon, cobalt, climate change, Mackenzie River Basin, permafrost thaw, permafrost geochemistry, and cumulative effects.

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