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Effect of unsaturated zone soil moisture content on vapor phase pollutant propagation in controlled laboratory experiments

Joseph J. Squire (Author), University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Degree granting institution)
Experiments were conducted to assess and model the effects of unsaturated zone soil moisture content on vapor-phase pollutant propagation in a controlled setting. A two-dimensional sandtank was utilized for controlled vapor-phase experiments, with pollutant vapors of octane and diesel fuel introduced through a finely slotted source tube. Soil moisture content was varied from 0% to 10% by weight for octane experiments, and from 0% to 5% by weight for diesel fuel. The effects of introduced soil moisture on the transport of each pollutant vapor were observed via soil-gas sampling from access ports. Soil-gas samples were analyzed with FID gas chromatography to determine a gross hydrocarbon concentration for discrete time intervals and distances from the vapor source
Thesis, Dissertation, English, 1996
University of Nevada, Las Vegas