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Examples of effects of low topographic relief are noted in southeast Florida where water-table gradients are 7 multiplied by 10** minus **4 to 5 multiplied by 10** minus **4 feet per foot. Water-table mounding beneath the landfill and the drainage effects of nearby ditches and well have created multiple leachate plumes in Stuart where one plume migrated in a direction opposite to the apparent regional gradient. In Coral Springs analysis suggests a bifurcating plume migrating along two narrow zones. In Fort Pierce it was difficult to detect leachate because of mineralized irrigation water and fertilizer runoff from an adjacent citrus grove.
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EXAMPLES OF LANDFILL-GENERATED PLUMES IN LOW-RELIEF AREAS, SOUTHEAST FLORIDA.