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Title: Wet/Dry Cycling Effects on Soil Contaminant Stabilization with Apatite and

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Research Org.:
Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
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Resource Type:
Journal Article
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Journal Name: Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering; Journal Volume: 19; Journal Issue: 1
Country of Publication:
United States

Citation Formats

Daniel I.,Kaplan, and Anna S.,Knox. Wet/Dry Cycling Effects on Soil Contaminant Stabilization with Apatite and. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)0899-1561(2007)19:1(49).
Daniel I.,Kaplan, & Anna S.,Knox. Wet/Dry Cycling Effects on Soil Contaminant Stabilization with Apatite and. United States. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)0899-1561(2007)19:1(49).
Daniel I.,Kaplan, and Anna S.,Knox. Mon . "Wet/Dry Cycling Effects on Soil Contaminant Stabilization with Apatite and". United States. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)0899-1561(2007)19:1(49).
title = {Wet/Dry Cycling Effects on Soil Contaminant Stabilization with Apatite and},
author = {Daniel I.,Kaplan and Anna S.,Knox},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1061/(ASCE)0899-1561(2007)19:1(49)},
journal = {Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering},
number = 1,
volume = 19,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}
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