About the Groundwater and Soil Contamination Database

Groundwater and Soil Contamination Coverage
The coverage of the Groundwater and Soil Contamination Database includes journal articles, books, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations. Also covered are all relevant reports of the U.S. Geological Survey, and reports of the U.S. Departments of Energy, Defense, Health and Human Services, and the Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Subject Coverage
Documents cited in the GSC database are primarily related to geology, hydrology, and the environment. In addition, documents on economics, chemistry, civil engineering, and health effects are also included. Topics covered include:

  • Soils
  • Groundwater
  • Aquifers
  • Wetlands
  • Unsaturated Zones
    Geographic locations:
  • Place Names
  • Latitude & Longitude
  • Pollution
  • Remediation
  • Reclamation
  • Leaching
  • Pollutants
  • Radioactive Isotopes
  • Heavy Metals
  • Sewage
  • Waste Disposal
  • Organic Compounds
  • Petroleum Hydrocarbons
  • Trace Metals
  • Solute Transport
  • Radon
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides

All documents are indexed using the GeoRef controlled vocabulary. The vocabulary is available in printed form in the GeoRef Thesaurus and the systematic vocabulary terms are available online as hierarchical lists.

2,500 Serials Covered

The top 20 serial titles, in order of number of references in the GSC database are:

  • Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America
  • Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
  • Open-File Report - U. S. Geological Survey
  • Water-Resources Investigations - U. S. Geological Survey
  • Water Resources Research, American Geophysical Union
  • Ground Water, National Ground Water Association
  • IAHS-AISH Publication, International Association of Hydrological Sciences
  • Environmental Science & Technology, ES & T, American Chemical Society
  • Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Elsevier Scientific Publishers
  • Journal of Environmental Quality
  • Water, Air and Soil Pollution
  • Journal of Hydrology, Elsevier Scientific Publishers
  • Environmental Geology (Berlin)
  • Bioremediation
  • Chemosphere (Oxford)
  • Contaminated Soil...International TNO/BMFT Conference on Contaminated Soil
  • Soil Science Society of America Journal
  • Ground Water Management
  • Water Science and Technology
  • AAPG Bulletin, American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Geographic Coverage
Over 2,500 journals, proceedings, and report series from over 100 countries are covered in the GSC database. The countries of publication are:

Country No. Serials
USA 950
Germany 241
International 142
United Kingdom 137
France 103
Canada 93
Netherlands 74
China 69
India 58
Japan 57
Others 616