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Plant-Based Plume-Scale Mapping of Tritium Contamination in Desert Soils

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2005

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Andraski, B J, Stonestrom, D A, Michel, R L, Halford, K J, and Radyk, J C, 2005, Plant-Based Plume-Scale Mapping of Tritium Contamination in Desert Soils: Vadose Zone Journal, v. 4, iss. 3, p. 819-827.

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Plant-based techniques were tested for field-scale evaluation of tritium contamination adjacent to a low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) facility in the Amargosa Desert, Nevada. Objectives were to (i) characterize and map the spatial variability of tritium in plant water, (ii) develop empirical relations to predict and map subsurface contamination from plant-water concentrations, and (iii) gain insight into tritium migration pathways and processes. Plant sampling [creosote bush, Larrea tridentata (Sessé & Moc. ex DC.) Coville] required one-fifth the time of soil water vapor sampling. Plant concentrations were spatially correlated to a separation distance of 380 m; measurement uncertainty accounted for <0.1% of the total variability [...]

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Added to ScienceBase on Thu Apr 18 09:04:01 MDT 2013 by processing file <b>Environmental Tracers of Surface-Water - Ground-Water Interactions (Constantz:Stonestrom).xml</b> in item <a href="https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/504216b9e4b04b508bfd337d">https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/504216b9e4b04b508bfd337d</a>

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DOI http://sciencebase.gov/vocab/identifierScheme 10.2136/vzj2005.0052

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