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The impact of point source pollution on groundwater quality

Authors
Journal
The Science of The Total Environment
0048-9697
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
21
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0048-9697(81)90138-8
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Philosophy

Abstract

Abstract Groundwater pollution point, or local, sources may differ in intensity, extent, duration and the degree to which effective control may be maintained from pollution due to diffuse sources. The characteristics of pollution from the principal types of point source pollution are examined and the extent to which management may ameliorate their environmental impact is discussed, particularly in the light of the apparently antagonistic ‘contain and concentrate’ and ‘dilute and disperse’ philosophies. The state of knowledge of the various physical, chemical and biological processes which control the generation, migration and attenuation of leachates is reviewed and suggestions made for future research.

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