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Experiment 14 “Fish-Kill” Matthew Walker Robbie Barker Gen Chem Lab 1215-1317 15 February 2017
Introduction: Students will analyze a water sample from the Columbia River in Montana. This river is the site of where many fish have been killed in the early eighties. When performing the experiment students will be on the lookout for many various elements such as Sodium, Potassium, and many other metals for a reason why the river has shown contamination and the wildlife has been killed here. To find the main reason to why this is happening, we can test for salinity that has proved to be the cause for this phenomena in the past. For absorption spectroscopy use the formula: (M1)(V1)=(M2)(V2) this will be used to calculate various diluted solutions. This experiment is not only important to figure out on a regular basis level but is important for a global community as a whole. This experiment will be able to make sure that things like this here in Montana do not happen elsewhere. It is a great deal of help to make sure that we do come to a conclusion and that this problem is solved so that wildlife can thrive therefore we can thrive in the coming future of our planet. It is more than important and vital to our ecosystem to make sure that we take care of the animals that live with us so that we as individuals can live healthy lifestyles as well. Various techniques can be used to determine this but one mainly would be testing the pH of the river to make sure that it is not too acidic nor too basic. To test the pH there are many different ways that this could be done. One being that you can take Litmus paper and go from

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