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An interdisciplinary group of faculty from the University of Colorado and from Colorado State University is studying molybdenum in the environment. Molybdenum plays an essential role in the nitrogen cycle of plants and may cause disturbance of copper metabolism in animals. The world's largest molybdenum-producing mine is at Climax, Colorado. Rivers in Colorado exhibit some of the highest reported concentrations of molybdenum in the United States. Colorado offers a model system for the study of the release and effect of molybdenum.

The geochemistry of molybdenum is complex. The principal dissolved form of the metal in natural waters is an anion,...

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