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Photo Gallery: USGS Site Visit and Sampling, August 11-13, 2015

This is a gallery of photos taken by USGS personnel in the field the week of August 10, 2015, near the Gold King Mine. All photos in this gallery are in the public domain unless otherwise noted.


View from Gold King Mine. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Gold King area panorama photo 1 of 4. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Gold King area panorama photo 2 of 4. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Gold King area panorama photo 3 of 4. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Gold King area panorama photo 4 of 4. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Gold King hillside. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Gold King portal. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Gold King portal. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Culvert draining Gold King. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Culvert draining Gold King. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Culvert draining Gold King. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Culvert draining Gold King. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Culvert draining Gold King. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Flume measurement on culvert draining Gold King. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Pond constructed below Gold King discharge. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Pond constructed below Gold King discharge. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Pond constructed below Gold King discharge. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Pond constructed below Gold King discharge. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

North Fork Cement Creek below Gold King pond. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

North Fork Cement Creek just above sodium hydroxide (NaOH) addition to raise pH, conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

North Fork Cement Creek sodium hydroxide (NaOH) addition at bottom of photo. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

North Fork Cement Creek sodium hydroxide (NaOH) additiona to raise pH; precipitation of ferric (orange) and ferrous (green) hydroxides. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

First pond below North Fork Cement Creek sodium hydroxide (NaOH) addition. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

First pond below North Fork Cement Creek sodium hydroxide (NaOH) addition. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Three ponds below North Fork Cement Creek sodium hydroxide (NaOH) addition. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Third pond below North Fork Cement Creek sodium hydroxide (NaOH) addition. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Check of pH at outlet of fourth pond below North Fork Cement Creek sodium hydroxide (NaOH) addition. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Inlet of fourth pond below North Fork Cement Creek sodium hydroxide (NaOH) addition. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek below North Fork Cement Creek. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek CC18B sample collection below North Fork Cement Creek and above the American Tunnel. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek sediments somewhere between the treatment ponds and WP288 (WP288 is 65 meters upstream of CC18B). Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek sediments somewhere between the treatment ponds and WP288 (WP288 is 65 meters upstream of CC18B). Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek below the American Tunnel and above South Fork Cement Creek (CC20) sample collection. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek above South Fork Cement Creek sediment sampling near CC20. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek above South Fork Cement Creek sediment sampling near CC20. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek above South Fork Cement Creek sediment sampling near CC20. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek above South Fork Cement Creek sediment sampling near CC20. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek near mouth CC48; USGS Gage 09358550. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek near mouth sample collection CC48; USGS Gage 09358550. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek near mouth sample collection CC48; USGS Gage 09358550. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek near mouth sediment collected on left bank above waterline CC48; USGS Gage 09358550. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek near mouth sonde CC48; USGS Gage 09358550. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek downstream from CC48 gage and upstream of Silverton. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Cement Creek downstream from CC48 gage and upstream of Silverton. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Samples from CC03, CC18B, CC20, and CC48. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River upstream of Cement Creek, A68 USGS Gage 09358000. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River upstream of Cement Creek, A68 USGS Gage 09358000. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Mini-sipper sampling device prior to deployment. Photo taken August 11, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River upstream of Cement Creek; A68 USGS Gage 09358000 looking upstream from mini-sipper sampling device location. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River upstream of Cement Creek (A68) sample collection. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River upstream of Cement Creek (A68) sample collection. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Area upstream of A68 where sediments were sampled. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Area upstream of A68 where sediments were sampled. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Area upstream of A68 where sediments were sampled. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton CO; Panorama photo 1 of 6. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton CO; Panorama photo 2 of 6. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton CO; Panorama photo 3 of 6. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton CO; Panorama photo 4 of 6. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton CO; Panorama photo 5 of 6. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton CO; Panorama photo 6 of 6. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton; A72 USGS Gage 09359020. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton; A72 USGS Gage 09359020 sample collection. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton; A72 USGS Gage 09359020 sample collection. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton (A72); sonde on right bank. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton (A72 USGS Gage 09359020) sediment sample collection from right bank and left bank. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton (A72); sediment from right bank backwater area (scoop) and left bank cobble area (jar). Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton (A72 USGS Gage 09359020) right bank backwater area. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton (A72 USGS Gage 09359020) right bank backwater area. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton (A72 USGS Gage 09359020) left bank cobble area. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River below Silverton (A72 USGS Gage 09359020) left bank cobble area. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Samples from 3 gages -- A68, A72, and CC48. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River; Baker's Bridge samples collected at Riverside Resort & RV Park. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River at Baker's Bridge right bank sediments. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River at Baker's Bridge river splits upstream of Riverside Resort; sediments collected from right side of left channel. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River at Baker's Bridge river splits upstream of Riverside Resort; sediments collected from right side of left channel. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Animas River at Baker's Bridge river splits upstream of Riverside Resort; sediments collected from right side of left channel. Photo taken August 13, 2015. Credit: USGS

Island above City of Durango's water intake structure where sediments were sampled. Photo taken August 11, 2015. Credit: USGS

Sediment collection area within island. Photo taken August 11, 2015. Credit: USGS

Sediment collection area within island. Photo taken August 11, 2015. Credit: USGS

Left bank of Animas River upstream of Durango's water intake. Photo taken August 11, 2015. Credit: USGS

Island above water intake structure where sediments were sampled. Photo taken August 11, 2015. Credit: USGS

Left bank of Animas River upstream of Durango's water intake. Photo taken August 11, 2015. Credit: USGS

View from top of Red & Bonita mine dump. Photo taken August 12, 2015. Credit: USGS


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