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Presentation Title: Surface Soil Sampling From Re-Claimed Abandoned Uranium Mines - Tsetah Abandoned Mine Land Site Discipline: Environmental Science School: Dine School Shiprock, NM Presentation Type: Oral Presentation Abstract: Surface Soil Sampling From Re-Claimed Abandoned Uranium Mines - Tsetah Abandoned Mine Land Site Ernest Charley, Dine School Shiprock, NM

The impact of uranium mining reaches far beyond those affected by radioactivity - it is about land that may be impacted for future use. There are increased concerns of possible contaminates from heavy metals and radionuclide associated from abandoned uranium mines - they pose from serious public health to environmental concerns. Tsetah, a small community about 15 miles SW of the Four Corners, was mined from the early 1940's to 1970's. Though reclaimed in the 1990's, some are noted to still have problems due to erosion. The study's intention is to obtain soil samples from areas that many continue to be contaminated by uranium mining, deterioration of lands reclaimed, interaction between soil contamination and unregulated water sources and water quality, and to gain an increased knowledge and understanding of methods and equipment used to test soil. Results indicate alkalinic soil and, although results for heavy metals and radionuclide are still pending, it is evident that soil from an infected area is being used as cement aggregate for residential and community structures. In addition, radioactive materials are being introduced into main Tsetah wash and its tributaries. Concerned residents urge the continuation of the research.

Presenter: Ernest Charley Tribe: Navajo Primary Email: echarley@dinecollege.edu Biography Ernest is the first child to go to college in his family. Has lived on the Navajo Reservation most of life and would like to work for the tribe when he graduates.

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2011 National Conference Student Research Abstracts  
2011 National Conference Student Research Abstracts  

A comprehensive list of the student research topics that will be presented at the AISES 2011 National Conference

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