Tuesday's trip to a regulated smelter (and the beach)
By request and out of respect, I cannot post any pictures from yesterday's smelter audit. I am also unable to comment on the location of the smelter or its operations. Makes for a pretty boring blog entry...
Lead ranges in and around the facility ranged from below detectable limits to upwards of 5% in soil. The slag and detritus by the slag maxed out the XRF. These results were not surprising.
At the end of the day, we had time to visit Marina Beach to observe some active Holocene sedimentation. The beach consisted of Quartz sand sourced from the Himalayas with a fair amount of heavy minerals still present. This was also the first time EC and I were exposed to India's impoverished community.