Tracer test with arsenic(V) in an iron-reducing environment at the USGS Cape Cod Site (Mass. USA)

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2001

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The transport of arsenic (V) (As V) in an aquifer environment is affected by sorption processes especially onto surfaces of iron hydroxides. During iron reduction, significant amounts of arsenic (III) As (III) may be released into the water. To study transport and reaction rates under field conditions, a small scale con-tinuous tracer test was performed in the zone with iron reduction in a sandy aquifer at the USGS Cape Cod test site. During 4 weeks, a tracer solution containing suboxic water, arsenic (V) (6.7 μmol) and bromide (1.6 mmol) was injected. Downstream the breakthrough of bromide (used as a conservative tracer), As (V) and As (III) was observed. Only as close as 1 m downstream As (V) was detected during the injection period, proba-bly because of adsorption or coprecipitation of As on hydrous ferric oxide generated by oxygenation of Fe (II). Anoxic conditions were reestablished shortly after terminating the injection, after which both As (V) and As (III) were observed at sampling points downstream. At the injection port, up to 50% of the total dissolved As was released as As (III). Over the next 3 months, both As (V) and As (III) moved more than 5 m downstream of the injection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction WRI-10, Villasimus, Italy, 10-15 July 2001
Place of PublicationLisse, NL
PublisherBalkema Publishers, A.A. / Taylor & Francis The Netherlands
Publication date2001
StatePublished - 2001


ConferenceTenth International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction WRI-10, Villasimus, Italy, 10-15 July
Period01/01/2001 → …
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