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Transport and Fate of Pollutants in Subsurface Systems: Contaminant Sorption and Retardation

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Sorption phenomena significantly affect the transport and ultimate fate of many organic and inorganic contaminants in soils and subsurface systems. The effects are complex, with each particular combination of contaminant, soil, and set of local conditions yielding a unique distribution of contaminant mass. Thermodynamic considerations govern ultimate contaminant distributions, but the rates at which such distributions are approached involve equally important considerations. In fact, sorption rates frequently determine the relative significance of sorption with respect to other reaction and transport processes occurring in subsurface environments.

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Weber, W.J. (1993). Transport and Fate of Pollutants in Subsurface Systems: Contaminant Sorption and Retardation. In: Petruzzelli, D., Helfferich, F.G. (eds) Migration and Fate of Pollutants in Soils and Subsoils. NATO ASI Series, vol 32. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-77862-9_1

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