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A nitrogen-rich septage-effluent plume in a glacial aquifer, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, February 1990 through December 1992

Water Supply Paper 2456

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Abstract

Physical, chemical, and microbial processes controlled transport of a nitrogen-rich ground-water plume through a glacial aquifer. Lithologic heterogeneity and vertical head gradients influenced plume movement and geometry. Nitrate was the predominant nitrogen form and oxygen was depleted in the ground-water plume. However, denitrification transformed only 2 percent of plume nitrogen because of limited organic-carbon availability. Aerobic respiration, nitrification and cation exchange (unsaturated zone) and ammonium sorption (saturated zone) had larger effects.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
A nitrogen-rich septage-effluent plume in a glacial aquifer, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, February 1990 through December 1992
Series title:
Water Supply Paper
Series number:
2456
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1996
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. G.P.O. ; For sale by the U.S. Geological Survey, Information Services,
Description:
vi, 89 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.