Estimating contaminant spreading by subsurface water


  • Colin Schultz


[1] Spills of fuels, solvents, and solid waste continually emit pollutants into groundwater, the major source of drinking water for most of the world. These contaminants can react with dissolved oxygen or other chemicals present in groundwater, leading to natural attenuation. Previous research has shown that in the case of a continuous source of contamination, the most important chemical mixing occurs perpendicular to the direction of groundwater flow. Therefore, estimating transverse mixing in groundwater is important for assessing the danger associated with a contaminant source.