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Tracing and Dating Young Ground Water

Data on concentrations of environmental tracers, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), tritium (3H), and other chemical and isotopic substances in ground water, can be used to trace the flow of young water (water recharged within the past 50 years) and to determine the time elapsed since recharge. Information about the age of ground water can be used to define recharge rates, refine hydrologic models of ground-water systems, predict contamination potential, and estimate the time needed to flush contaminants from ground-water systems. CFCs also can be used to trace seepage from rivers into ground-water systems, provide diagnostic tools for detection and early warning of leakage from landfills and septic tanks, and to assess susceptibility of water-supply wells to contamination from near-surface sources.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-11-05 15:47:33
Description Data on concentrations of environmental tracers, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), tritium (3H), and other chemical and isotopic substances in ground water, can be used to trace the flow of young water (water recharged within the past 50 years) and to determine the time elapsed since recharge. Information about the age of ground water can be used to define recharge rates, refine hydrologic models of ground-water systems, predict contamination potential, and estimate the time needed to flush contaminants from ground-water systems. CFCs also can be used to trace seepage from rivers into ground-water systems, provide diagnostic tools for detection and early warning of leakage from landfills and septic tanks, and to assess susceptibility of water-supply wells to contamination from near-surface sources.
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Source United States Geological Survey
Keyword Ground water, Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Recharge rates, Hydrologic models, Contaminants, Rivers, Landfills, Septic tanks
Selector Bates
Date Of Record Creation 2009-11-05 15:41:15
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Date Last Modified 2009-11-05 15:47:34
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-11-05 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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