Transport and Reactions of Petroleum Contaminants in the Unsaturated Soil Zone from Leaking Underground Tanks

  • J. B. Carberry
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Abstract

Groundwaters are increasingly threatened by oil leaks, disposal of hazardous wastes, and landfill leachates migrating through the soil mantle (Wilson et al. 1981; MacKay et al. 1985). Several mechanisms control migration of toxics to underground aquifers (Short 1987), i.e., hydrological transport, adsorption/desorption, volatilization, and decomposition, including biodegradation. The fate and transport of petroleum products in the soil environment are complex and dynamic, including all of the above mechanisms (Grenny et al. 1987; Symons et al. 1988).

Keywords

Clay Porosity Migration Phosphorus Petroleum 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. B. Carberry
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  1. 1.Judith Bower Carberry, Inc.USA

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