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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340462/assessment-of-arsenic-and-fluorine-in-surface-soil-to-determine-environmental-and-health-risk-factors-in-the-comarca-lagunera-mexico
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Yareli A Sariñana-Ruiz, Jorge Vazquez-Arenas, Fabiola S Sosa-Rodríguez, Israel Labastida, Ma Aurora Armienta, Antonio Aragón-Piña, Miguel A Escobedo-Bretado, Laura S González-Valdez, Patricia Ponce-Peña, Hugo Ramírez-Aldaba, René H Lara
Total, bioaccessible and mobile concentrations of arsenic and fluorine are determined in polluted surface soil within the Comarca Lagunera region using standardized protocols to obtain a full description of the environmental behavior for these elements. The composition of mineral phases associated with them is evaluated with microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. Mineralogical characterizations indicate that ultra-fine particles (<1-5 μm) including mimetite-vanadite (Pb5(AsO4)3Cl, Pb5(AsO4, VO4)3Cl)-like, lead arseniate (Pb3(AsO4)2)-like and complex arsenic-bearing compounds are main arsenic-bearing phases, while fluorite (CaF2) is the only fluorine-bearing phase...
March 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334420/evaluation-of-hydraulic-properties-of-aquitards-using-earthquake-triggered-groundwater-variation
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Shih-Jung Wang, Kuo-Chin Hsu, Chein-Lee Wang, Wen-Chi Lai, Liang-Tzu Hsu
The hydraulic properties of aquitards are not easily obtained because monitoring wells are usually installed in aquifers for groundwater resources management. Earthquake-induced crust stress (strain) triggers groundwater level variations over a short period of time in a large area. These groundwater anomalies can be used to investigate aquifer systems. This study uses a poroelastic model to fit the postseismic variations of groundwater level triggered by the Chi-Chi earthquake to evaluate the hydraulic properties of aquitards in the Jhoushuei River alluvial fan (JRAF), Taiwan...
March 23, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332085/low-level-arsenic-causes-chronic-inflammation-and-suppresses-expression-of-phagocytic-receptors
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Priyanka Prasad, Dona Sinha
The impact of chronic low-level groundwater arsenic (As) exposure [in the range above the WHO-recommended limit of 10 g/L but ≤50 μg/L (permissible limit of As for many Asian countries)] was investigated for cross talk of inflammatory changes and expression of phagocytic receptors of exposed rural women (N, 45) from districts of 24 Parganas (south) and in matched control groups (N, 43) [As ≤10 μg/L] from the same district. Systemic inflammation was evident from the upregulated levels of pro-inflammatory mediators like tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α); interleukins (ILs) like IL-6, IL-8, and IL-12; and C-reactive protein (CRP) in the sera and upregulated expression of protein kinase B phosphorylated at ser473 (pAKTser473)/nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB)/TNF-α axis in the leukocytes of exposed women with respect to control...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329431/an-analytical-method-for-groundwater-inflow-into-a-drained-circular-tunnel
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Kai Su, Yafeng Zhou, Hegao Wu, Changzheng Shi, Li Zhou
Groundwater inflow estimation is essential for the design and construction of tunnel and the assessment of the environmental impacts. Analytical solutions used in current engineering practice do not adequately account for the effect of the excavation-induced drawdown, which leads to significant change in pore water pressure distribution and reductions of the water level beyond tunnel. Based on the numerical analysis results, this article proposes semianalytical method to predict the height of lowered water level and groundwater tunnel inflow...
March 22, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328216/natural-attenuation-in-streambed-sediment-receiving-chlorinated-solvents-from-underlying-fracture-networks
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Burcu Simsir, Jun Yan, Jeongdae Im, Duane Graves, Frank E Löffler
Contaminant discharge from fractured bedrock formations remains a remediation challenge. We applied an integrated approach to assess the natural attenuation potential of sediment that forms the transition zone between upwelling groundwater from a chlorinated solvent-contaminated fractured bedrock aquifer and the receiving surface water. In situ measurements demonstrated that reductive dechlorination in the sediment attenuated chlorinated compounds before reaching the water column. Microcosms established with creek sediment or in situ incubated Bio-Sep beads degraded C1-C3 chlorinated solvents to less chlorinated or innocuous products...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324856/quantification-of-groundwater-recharge-in-urban-environments
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Isabel Tubau, Enric Vázquez-Suñé, Jesús Carrera, Cristina Valhondo, Rotman Criollo
Groundwater management in urban areas requires a detailed knowledge of the hydrogeological system as well as the adequate tools for predicting the amount of groundwater and water quality evolution. In that context, a key difference between urban and natural areas lies in recharge evaluation. A large number of studies have been published since the 1990s that evaluate recharge in urban areas, with no specific methodology. Most of these methods show that there are generally higher rates of recharge in urban settings than in natural settings...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324836/pahs-behavior-in-surface-water-and-groundwater-of-the-yellow-river-estuary-evidence-from-isotopes-and-hydrochemistry
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Jing Li, Fadong Li, Qiang Liu
Large-scale irrigation projects have impacted the regional surface-groundwater interactions in the North China Plain (NCP). Given this concern, the aim of this study is to evaluate levels of PAH pollution, identify the sources of the PAHs, analyze the influence of surface-groundwater interactions on PAH distribution, and propose urgent management strategies for PAHs in China's agricultural areas. PAH concentrations, hydrochemical indicators and stable isotopic compositions (δ(18)O and δ(2)H) were determined for surface water (SW) and groundwater (GW) samples...
March 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324648/influence-of-modern-stormwater-management-practices-on-transport-of-road-salt-to-surface-waters
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Joel W Snodgrass, Joel Moore, Steven M Lev, Ryan E Casey, David R Ownby, Robert F Flora, Grant Izzo
Application of road salts in regions with colder climates is leading to ground and surface water contamination. However, we know little about how modern stormwater management practices affect the movement of road salt through urban watersheds. We investigated groundwater contamination and transport of road salts at two stormwater ponds in Baltimore County, Maryland. In association with the ponds, we documented a plume of contaminated groundwater that resulted in Cl- loadings to the adjacent stream of 6,574 to 40,008 kg Cl- per winter, depending on winter snowfall...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324252/spatial-interpolation-methods-and-geostatistics-for-mapping%C3%A2-groundwater-contamination-in-a-coastal-area
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Vetrimurugan Elumalai, K Brindha, Bongani Sithole, Elango Lakshmanan
Mapping groundwater contaminants and identifying the sources are the initial steps in pollution control and mitigation. Due to the availability of different mapping methods and the large number of emerging pollutants, these methods need to be used together in decision making. The present study aims to map the contaminated areas in Richards Bay, South Africa and compare the results of ordinary kriging (OK) and inverse distance weighted (IDW) interpolation techniques. Statistical methods were also used for identifying contamination sources...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322439/modeling-multidimensional-and-multispecies-biofilms-in-porous-media
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Youneng Tang, Haihu Liu
Modeling multidimensional and multispecies biofilm in porous media at the pore scale is challenging due to the need to simultaneously track the microbial community in the biofilms and the interfaces between the biofilms and the fluid. Therefore, researchers usually assume that the model has only one dimension in space or has only one microbial species. This work uses bioremediation of U(VI)-contaminated groundwater as the context to develop a two-dimensional and multispecies biofilm model. The model simulates the transverse mixing zone in which U(VI) is mixed with propionate, a nutrient externally supplied to stimulate the growth of microorganisms...
March 21, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319709/towards-an-integrated-understanding-of-how-micro-scale-processes-shape-groundwater-ecosystem-functions
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Susanne I Schmidt, Mark O Cuthbert, Marc Schwientek
Micro scale processes are expected to have a fundamental role in shaping groundwater ecosystems and yet they remain poorly understood and under-researched. In part, this is due to the fact that sampling is rarely carried out at the scale at which microorganisms, and their grazers and predators, function and thus we lack essential information. While set within a larger scale framework in terms of geochemical features, supply with energy and nutrients, and exchange intensity and dynamics, the micro scale adds variability, by providing heterogeneous zones at the micro scale which enable a wider range of redox reactions...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319708/effect-of-application-of-dairy-manure-effluent-and-inorganic-fertilizer-on-nitrogen-leaching-in-clayey-fluvo-aquic-soil-a-lysimeter-study
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Jianling Fan, Jiao Xiao, Deyan Liu, Guiping Ye, Jiafa Luo, David Houlbrooke, Seth Laurenson, Jing Yan, Lvjun Chen, Jinping Tian, Weixin Ding
Dairy farm manure and effluent are applied to cropland in China to provide a source of plant nutrients, but there are concerns over its effect on nitrogen (N) leaching loss and groundwater quality. To investigate the effects of land application of dairy manure and effluent on potential N leaching loss, two lysimeter trials were set up in clayey fluvo-aquic soil in a winter wheat-summer maize rotation cropping system on the North China Plain. The solid dairy manure trial included control without N fertilization (CK), inorganic N fertilizer (SNPK), and fresh (RAW) and composted (COM) dairy manure...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319701/tracking-effluent-discharges-in-undisturbed-stony-soil-and-alluvial-gravel-aquifer-using-synthetic-dna-tracers
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Liping Pang, Beth Robson, Kata Farkas, Erin McGill, Arvind Varsani, Lea Gillot, Jinhua Li, Phillip Abraham
With the intensification of human activities, fresh water resources are increasingly being exposed to contamination from effluent disposal to land. Thus, there is a greater need to identify the sources and pathways of water contamination to enable the development of better mitigation strategies. To track discharges of domestic effluent into soil and groundwater, 10 synthetic double-stranded DNA (dsDNA)(3) tracers were developed in this study. Laboratory column experiment and field groundwater and soil lysimeter studies were carried out spiking DNA with oxidation-pond domestic effluent...
March 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318696/coupling-lidar-and-thermal-imagery-to-model-the-effects-of-riparian-vegetation-shade-and-groundwater-inputs-on-summer-river-temperature
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Vincent Wawrzyniak, Pascal Allemand, Sarah Bailly, Jérôme Lejot, Hervé Piégay
In the context of global warming, it is important to understand the drivers controlling river temperature in order to mitigate temperature increases. A modeling approach can be useful for quantifying the respective importance of the different drivers, notably groundwater inputs and riparian shading which are potentially critical for reducing summer temperature. In this study, we use a one-dimensional deterministic model to predict summer water temperature at an hourly time step over a 21km reach of the lower Ain River (France)...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318131/hydrologic-refugia-plants-and-climate-change
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Blair C McLaughlin, David D Ackerly, P Zion Klos, Jennifer Natali, Todd E Dawson, Sally E Thompson
Climate, physical landscapes, and biota interact to generate heterogeneous hydrologic conditions in space and over time, which are reflected in spatial patterns of species distributions. As these species distributions respond to rapid climate change, microrefugia may support local species persistence in the face of deteriorating climatic suitability. Recent focus on temperature as a determinant of microrefugia insufficiently accounts for the importance of hydrologic processes and changing water availability with changing climate...
March 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316256/investigation-on-the-compatibility-of-xanthan-gum-and-calcium-polysulfide-and-the-rheological-properties-of-xg-solutions
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Dengfeng Liu, Liming Ren, Chunyu Wen, Jun Dong
The application of shear thinning xanthan gum (XG) solutions as the delivery media can solve the bypassing problem induced by heterogeneity, especially when low permeable zones in aquifer are present. A series of experiments were carried out to investigate the compatibility of XG and calcium polysulfide (CPS) aiming at chromium contamination in groundwater. In addition, rheological properties of XG solutions under subsurface conditions related to delivery were studied. Results indicated that: (1) the presence of XG could slow down reduction of hexavalent chromium by CPS, and the reaction fitted well with the second order kinetics...
March 18, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314726/global-distribution-patterns-and-pangenomic-diversity-of-the-candidate-phylum-latescibacteria-ws3
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Ibrahim F Farag, Noha H Youssef, Mostafa S Elshahed
We investigated the global distribution patterns and pangenomic diversity of the candidate phylum "Latescibacteria" (WS3) in 16S rRNA gene as well as metagenomic datasets. We document distinct distribution patterns for various "Latescibacteria" orders in 16S rRNA gene datasets, with prevalence of orders sediment_1 in terrestrial, PBSIII_9 in groundwater and temperate freshwater, and GN03 in pelagic marine, saline-hypersaline, and wastewater habitats. Using a fragment recruitment approach, we identified 68.9 Mb of "Latescibacteria"-affiliated contigs in publicly available metagenomic datasets comprising 73,079 proteins...
March 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314209/pharmaceuticals-removal-and-microbial-community-assessment-in-a-continuous-fungal-treatment-of-non-sterile-real-hospital-wastewater-after-a-coagulation-flocculation-pretreatment
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J A Mir-Tutusaus, E Parladé, M Llorca, M Villagrasa, D Barceló, S Rodriguez-Mozaz, M Martinez-Alonso, N Gaju, G Caminal, M Sarrà
Hospital wastewaters are a main source of pharmaceutical active compounds, which are usually highly recalcitrant and can accumulate in surface and groundwater bodies. Fungal treatments can remove these contaminants prior to discharge, but real wastewater poses a problem to fungal survival due to bacterial competition. This study successfully treated real non-spiked, non-sterile wastewater in a continuous fungal fluidized bed bioreactor coupled to a coagulation-flocculation pretreatment for 56 days. A control bioreactor without the fungus was also operated and the results were compared...
March 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314186/mobility-indices-and-doses-from-210-po-and-210-pb-activity-concentrations-data-in-brazilian-spas-groundwaters
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Daniel Marcos Bonotto, Ana Maria Marinello Assis de Oliveira
(210)Po and (210)Pb activity concentrations in spas groundwaters occurring at São Paulo (SP) and Minas Gerais (MG) states, Brazil, have been reported in this paper with a dual purpose: to compare different indices for evaluating the radionuclides mobility into waters and to evaluate the drinking water quality from dose calculations. The waters (75 sampling points) are extensively used for drinking in public places, bottling and bathing purposes, among other. The samples were taken from springs and wells drilled at different aquifer systems inserted in Paraná and Southeastern Shield hydrogeological provinces...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314133/effect-of-wheat-maize-straw-return-on-the-fate-of-nitrate-in-groundwater-in-the-huaihe-river-basin-china
#20
Rongfu Li, Xiaohong Ruan, Ying Bai, Tianhai Ma, Congqiang Liu
Straw return is becoming a routine practice in disposing of crop residues worldwide. However, the potential effect of such operation on the chemistry of local groundwater is not well documented. Here, shallow groundwater in an area where wheat-maize straw return is practiced was analyzed, and the seasonal changes in the nitrate concentration and the isotope compositions of NO3(-) and H2O were determined along two flow paths. Measured δD and δ(18)O in waters indicated that the groundwater was mainly recharged by atmospheric precipitation, while measured δ(15)N and δ(18)O in nitrate suggested that the sources for groundwater NO3(-) included urea fertilizer, soil nitrogen, and sewage/manure...
March 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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