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Phytoremediation in the Desert?

  • Testing Remediation Technologies
  • Site Characterization
Location Amargosa Desert Research Site, NV
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Technology Phytoremediation
  • Tritium
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Phytoremediation in the desert might be a possibility. Research at the Amargosa Desert Research Site has documented the importance of plants in the upward movement and discharge of water from the deep (110-meter-thick) unsaturated zone at the site. New studies are now underway to evaluate the role of plants in the detection and remediation of subsurface contamination. These studies could lead to the development of a method to conduct long-term monitoring at low-level radioactive waste sites that will (a) provide an accurate indication of changes in subsurface tritium concentrations at low cost and (b) quantify the transport of tritium from the subsurface to the atmosphere.

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Contact Brian Andraski, USGS, Nevada Water Science Center, Carson City, Nevada,
Publications The following publications illustrate the importance of plants in the water balance and flow processes in arid environments:

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