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Characterization of transport in an acidic and metal-rich mountain stream based on a lithium tracer injection and simulations of transient storage

Water Resources Research

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Abstract

Physical parameters characterizing solute transport in the Snake River were variable along a 5.2-km study reach. Stream cross-sectional area and volumetric inflow each varied by a factor of 3. Because of transient storage, the residence time of injected tracers in the Snake River was longer than would be calculated by consideration of convective travel time alone. Distributed inflows along the stream were a significant source of in-stream chemical variations. These transport characteristics of the Snake River were established on the basis of the assumption of lithium as an ideally conservative tracer and use of simulations of advection, dispersion, and transient storage. -from Authors

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Characterization of transport in an acidic and metal-rich mountain stream based on a lithium tracer injection and simulations of transient storage
Series title:
Water Resources Research
Volume
26
Issue:
5
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Water Resources Research
First page:
989
Last page:
1000
Number of Pages:
12