||Gaseous Behavior of TCE (Trichloroethylene) Overlying a Contaminated Aquifer.
Marrin, D. L. ;
Thompson, G. M. ;
||Tracer Research Corp., Tucson, AZ.;Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Lab., Ada, OK.
Ground water ;
Organic compounds ;
Soil properties ;
Vapor pressure ;
Volatile organic compounds
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Shallow soil gas (<2 meters deep) was collected and analyzed for trichloroethylene (TCE) to determine the relationship with ground-water contamination directly below. The gaseous TCE plume was mapped with 46 probes and spanned three orders of magnitude in concentration (<0.001 to 2 mcg/1). TCE concentrations in water from five monitoring wells around the study site ranged from 4 to 2800 ppb and had a correlation coefficient (r) of 0.90 with TCE concentrations in shallow soil gas. Vertical borings were completed to the water table at four locations in order to obtain profiles of soil gas contamination, air porosity, and water saturation. Gaseous diffusion and air/water partitioning are probably the dominant mechanisms involved in transporting TCE from the ground water to the shallow soil gas. (Copyright (c) Ground Water, January-February 1987.)