National Research Program

Mineral-Water Interaction in Saline Environments

Saline hydrologic systems provide a wide range of conditions within which to examine hydrochemically important mineral reaction (alteration or genesis) and to better define reactants and products controlling the chemical composition of many natural waters. The effects of complex reactions, in addition to simple solution and hydrolysis, are reflected in relatively gross chemical change and interaction with fine-grained sediment. The objective of this project is to use saline environments to determine mechanisms and relative importance of mineralogic processes which influence the solute composition of natural waters.


Jones, B.F. and Conko, K.M., 2011, Environmental influences on the occurrences of sepiolite and palygorskite: a brief review, in Emilio Galàn and Arieh Singer, eds., Developments in Clay Science, Elsevier, v. 3, chapt. 3, p. 69-83, ISSN 1572-4352, ISBN 9780444536075, DOI:10.1016/B978-0-444-53607-5.00003-7. (on-line abstract of chapter)

Naftz, D.L., Millero, F.J., Jones, B.F., and Green, W.R., 2011, An equation of state for hypersaline water in Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA: Aquatic Geochemistry, v. 17, no. 6, p. 809-820. (on-line abstract or on-line journal article in pdf format, 1.9 MB, published by Springer, copyright U.S. Government)

Jones, B.F. , Naftz, D.L. , Spencer, R.J. , Oviatt, C.G. 2009, Geochemical evolution of Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA: Aquatic Geochemistry, v. 15, p. 95-121. (on-line abstract or on-line article in pdf format, 801 KB, © U.S. Geological Survey)

Jones, B.F., White, W.W., Conko, K.M., Webster, D.M., and Kohler, J.F., 2009, Mineralogy and Fluid Chemistry of Surficial Sediments in the Newfoundland Basin Tooele and Box Elder Counties, Utah: Utah Geological Survey Open-File Report 539, 96 p.

Sanford, W.E., Voytek, M.A., Powars, D.S., Jones, B.F., Cozzarelli, I.M., Cockell, C.S., and Eganhouse, R.P., 2009, Pore-water chemistry from the ICDP-USGS core hole in the Chesapeake Bay impact structure - Implications for paleohydrology, microbial habitat, and water resources in Gohn, G.S., Koeberl, C., Miller, K.G., and Reimold, W.U., eds., The ICDP-USGS Deep Drilling Project in the Chesapeake Bay Impact Structure: Results from the Eyreville Core Holes: GSA Special Paper 458, p. 867-890.

Jones, B.F., Conko, K.M., and Webster, D.M., and Pochatila, J., 2007, Chemical and mineralogical composition of saprolite from South Fork Brokenback Run Watershed, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA, in Bullen, T.D., and Wang, Y., eds., 2007, Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, Kunming, China, 31 July - 5 August, 2007: London, Taylor and Francis CRC Press, p. 427-430.

Chrosniak, L.D., Smith, L.N., McDonald, C.G., Jones, B.F., and Flinn, J.M., 2006, Effects of enhanced zinc and copper in drinking water on spatial memory and fear conditioning: Journal of Geochemical Exploration, v. 88, p. 91-94. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Pochatila, J., Jones, B.F, Conko, K.M., and Webster, D.M., 2006, Mineralogical and chemical composition of saprolite from South Fork Brokenback Run Watershed, Shenandoah National Park, VA: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1366, 20 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 4.3 MB)

Flinn, J.M., Hunter, D., Linkous, D.H., Lanzirotti, A., Smith, L.N., Brightwell, J., and Jones, B.F., 2005, Enhanced zinc consumption causes memory deficits and increased brain levels of zinc: Physiology & Behavior, v. 83, no. 5, p. 793-803.(on-line abstract of journal article)

Conko, K.M., Rice, K.C., Kennedy, M.M., 2004, Atmospheric Wet Deposition of Trace Elements to a Suburban Environment, Reston, Virginia, USA, Atmospheric Environment, v. 38, p. 4025-4033. (on-line abstract)

Linkous, D.H., Smith, L.N., Conko, K.M., Jones, B.F., Flinn J.M., 2004, Differential effects of zinc association in drinking waters on spatial memory [Proceedings, 8th international symposium on metal ions in biology and medicine, May 18-22, 2004]: Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine, v. 8, p. 390-395.

Bricker, O.P., Jones, B.F., and Bowser, C.J., 2003, Mass-balance approach to interpreting weathering reactions, in Drever, J.I., ed., Surface and Ground Water, Weathering and Soils, Treatise on Geochemistry, v. 5, chap 4: New York, Elsevier, p. 119-132.

Jones, B.F., and Deocampo, D.M., 2003, Geochemistry of Saline Lakes, in Drever, J.I., ed., Surface and Ground Water, Weathering and Soils, Treatise on Geochemistry, v. 5, chap 13: New York, Elsevier.

Rice, K.C., Conko, K.M., Hornberger, G.M., 2003, Comment on "Anthropogenic Sources of Arsenic and Copper to Sediments in a Suburban Lake, Northern Virginia", Environmental Science and Technology, v. 37, n. 11, p. 2625.

Bowser, C.J., and Jones, B.F., 2002, Mineralogic controls on the composition of natural waters dominated by silicate hydrolysis: American Journal of Science, v. 302, p. 582-662. (on-line article in pdf format)

Rice, K.C., Conko, K.M., and Hornberger, G.M., 2002, Anthropogenic sources of arsenic and copper to sediments in a suburban lake, Northern Virginia: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 36, no. 23, p. 4962-4967. (on-line abstract)

Blair F. Jones, Scientist Emeritus
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