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Some Peat Bogs in Washington County, Maine: Their Formation and Trace-Element Content

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Cornelia C. Cameron
Cornelia C. Cameron
U. S. Geological Survey National Center, Restont Virginia 22092
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Nancy A. Wright
Nancy A. Wright
U. S. Geological Survey National Center, Restont Virginia 22092
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Published:
January 01, 1977

Abstract

A study of 39 composite filled-pond and raised.-bog type of peat deposits in Washington County, Maine, indicates trace-element relationships to the same horizons in each of the deposits studied. Copper, zinc, lead, and nickel are concentrated in the ash of the clay-free sphagnum moss peat horizon above the regional water table, whereas, neodymium, lanthanum, molybdenum, and gadolinium are concentrated in the horizons representing the, ancient ponds and their filled surface and marsh, and in the overlying horizon recognized by moss, heath, and forest plant remains. These three horizons under the sphagnum contain undifferentiated peat and humus peat. The horizon representing the clayey bottom of the extinct pond contains peat of noncommercial quality and a concentration of vanadium and niobium.

This approach to the study of the peat deposits, with emphasis on deposit formation and tracerfent content, is intended to stimulate further studies of peat resources, geochemical prospecting, and coalification research.

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Interdisciplinary Studies of Peat and Coal Origins

P. H. Given
P. H. Given
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A. D. Cohen
A. D. Cohen
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Geological Society of America
Volume
7
ISBN electronic:
9780813759074
Publication date:
January 01, 1977

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