More than 60,000 saline water analyses were collected by the federal Bureau of Mines for entry into automatic data processing system. Screening of the data eliminated 30,000 analyses; 20,000 were entered into storet, the data processing system formulated by the Environmental Protection Agency; and 10,000 additional analyses could be entered with additional funding. The water analyses are used in studies related to identifying the source of a brine, classifying groundwater for use in geochemistry, plotting local and regional salinity maps, determining sources of pollution of freshwater and land by brines, and using saline water for desalination to produce freshwater and valuable minerals. Examples of each of these studies are given in this report.
Environmental Protection Technol. Series, No. EPA-660/2-74-010, April, 1974, 68 PP.