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Interpretation of Solute Transport Data Obtained with Fiberglass Wick Soil Solution Samplers


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  1. Vol. 56 No. 6, p. 1751-1753
    Received: Dec 3, 1991

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  1. N. N. Poletika ,
  2. K. Roth and
  3. W. A. Jury
  1. Contribution from the Dep. of Soil and Environmental Sciences, Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521



The fiberglass wick soil solution sampler has shown potential for use in unsaturated soil, but its effect on determination of transport properties is not fully characterized. This study investigated transport behavior in the sampler of Br-, simazine [2-chloro-4,6-bis(ethylamino)-s-triazine], and MS-2 coliphage. Travel-time moment analysis for several steady flow experiments involving narrow pulse inputs of these components showed rapid breakthrough with well-defined peaks and negligible adsorption. Assuming a convection-dispersion process in a two-layer system consisting of homogeneous soil overlying a sampler, moment analysis suggests that, for the flow rates tested, both expected travel time and its variance are little influenced by transport through the porous wick for layer thicknesses commonly used in solute transport studies.

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