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Title: Longitudinal dispersion and tracer migration in a radial flow field


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Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL), Aiken, SC
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TRN: US200719%%75
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Proceedings of the 2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference; Journal Volume: 8.6; Conference: Athens, Georgia, The University of Georgia
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United States

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Majs, F. and J. C. Seaman. Longitudinal dispersion and tracer migration in a radial flow field. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Majs, F. and J. C. Seaman. Longitudinal dispersion and tracer migration in a radial flow field. United States.
Majs, F. and J. C. Seaman. Mon . "Longitudinal dispersion and tracer migration in a radial flow field". United States. doi:.
title = {Longitudinal dispersion and tracer migration in a radial flow field},
author = {Majs, F. and J. C. Seaman},
abstractNote = {No abstract prepared.},
doi = {},
journal = {Proceedings of the 2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference},
number = ,
volume = 8.6,
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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