Transport of dissolved creosote compounds through fractured clay: column and field experiments

K. Broholm, P.J. Jørgensen, A.B. Hansen, B. Nilsson, R.C. Sidle, E. Arvin, J. Fredericia

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Transport of selected creosote compounds and tracers in two column experiments and a field study in fractured clayey till are presented. Twenty-five organic compounds were used in the column experiments and 12 in the field experiment. This paper focuses on three organic compounds: phenol, naphthalene and dibenzofuran. One column was biologically inactive, and the other was biologically active with denitrifying conditions in the beginning and aerobic/denitrifying conditions later on in the experiment. The infiltration water at the field site was aerobic in the beginning and anaerobic (no oxygen, very little nitrate, and some sulphate) later. The results showed very rapid transport through clayey till of the tracers and the organic compounds. Despite the rapid transport through fractures, biodegradation may be an important process in fractured media at least for the easily degradable organic compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContaminated land and groundwater: Future directions
EditorsD.N. Lerner, N.R.G. Walton
PublisherGeological Society of London
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1-86239-001-0
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Publication series

SeriesGeological Society Engineering Geology Special Publication

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 2: Water Resources


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