A TRACE METALS DATABASE OF CAVE SEDIMENTS OF THE MIDCONTINENT U.S.A.
This presentation reports the findings of 14 caves, with a broader study goal of publishing an open reference database of trace metals in cave sediments. In order to develop this baseline, samples were sent to the University of Arkansas Stable Isotope Lab and ALS Global for analysis for the following suite of metals: Al, As, B, Ba, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, La, Mg, Mn, Mo, Ni, P, Pb, S, Sr, V, and Zn.
Caves were selected using multiple factors which included: urban or rural cave drainage basins, host rock formation age, rock type, and other characteristic. This study is primarily anchored in the Mississippian aged and Ordovician aged carbonate rocks of Missouri. However, some samples were collected from Mississippian aged Limestone of Kentucky and the Permian aged Selenite of Oklahoma to establish a larger baseline database of the midcontinent.