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U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program--Proceedings of the Technical Meeting Charleston South Carolina March 8-12,1999--Volume 1 of 3--Contamination From Hard-Rock Mining, Water-Resources Investigation Report 99-4018A

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Modeling Solute Transport and Geochemistry in Streams and Rivers Using OTIS and OTEQ

By Robert L. Runkel, Kenneth E. Bencala, and Briant A. Kimball

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Solute transport in streams is governed by a suite of hydrologic and geochemical processes. Interactions between hydrologic processes and chemical reactions may be quantified through a combination of field-scale experimentation and simulation modeling. Two mathematical models that are used to simulate solute transport in streams are presented here. A model that considers One-dimensional Transport with Inflow and Storage (OTIS) may be used in conjunction with tracer-dilution methods to quantify hydrologic transport processes (advection, dispersion, and transient storage). Additional applications of OTIS include analyses of nonconservative solutes that are subject to sorption processes and (or) first-order decay. A second model, OTEQ (One-dimensional Transport with EQulibrium chemistry), combines the transport mechanisms in OTIS with a chemical equilibrium submodel that considers complexation, precipitation/dissolution, and sorption. OTEQ may be used to quantify the geochemical processes affecting trace metals.

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