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Title: Chemostatic behavior of major ions and contaminants in a semiarid spring and stream system near Los Alamos, NM, USA

Recent studies have focused on the relationship between solute concentrations and discharge in streams, demonstrating that concentrations can vary little relative to changes in discharge (chemostatic behavior). Chemostatic behavior is dependent on catchment characteristics (e.g., lithology, geomorphology, and vegetation) and chemical characteristics of the solute (e.g., availability, reactivity, and mobility). An investigation of three springs and a stream near Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA, reveals that springs can behave in a chemostatic fashion as stream systems tend to do. Another unique finding of this study is that the anthropogenic contaminants barium and the high explosive RDX (hexahydro-1,3,5- trinitro-1,3,5-triazine) can also behave chemostatically. The chemostatic behavior of a contaminant has important implications for the residence time of contaminants in a system as well as having a major control on contaminant flux and mass transport. Redox (reductionoxidation) and biogeochemically sensitive analytes (e.g., Fe, SO 4, & NO 3) display a combination of chemostatic and chemodynamic behavior, showing the influence of temporally variable conditions on stream and springs chemistries.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0885-6087
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Hydrological Processes
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Hydrological Processes; Journal ID: ISSN 0885-6087
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM)
Country of Publication:
United States
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Earth Sciences; chemostatic
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