October 2012

High levels of uranium in groundwater of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Water samples collected from 129 wells in seven of the nine sub-divisions of Ulaanbaatar were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP–MS) using Clean Lab methods. The levels of many trace elements were found to be low with the average concentrations. The levels of uranium were surprisingly elevated (mean, 4.6 μg/L; range < 0.01–57 μg/L), with the values for many samples exceeding the World Health Organization's guideline of 15 μg/L for uranium in drinking water. Local rocks and soils appear to be the natural source of the uranium.

Mongolia´s Ecosystem: A comprehensive overview of its current challenges

The Mongolian Ecosystem Network is an academic publication that covers many dimensions of the current ecological challenges in Mongolia. In 2010 the Kyoto based Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) held a conference  "The Collapse and Restoration of the Mongolian Ecosystem Network in the Context of Global Environmental and Social Changes".  Speakers from different acadamic fields gave an overview of the wide range of environmental issues that Mongolia is facing.