Heptane and Phenol spill from a tank at the top of a hill. Theregional weather is dominated by a cyclone system with some intenserain coming in. The ground at the top of the hill is porous but notvery permeable and has a very high cation exchange capacity. At thebottom of the hill, a ground water fed lake is surrounded by thick,organic-rich wetlands soils. This lake is a common swimming andfishing spot, while a deeper, artesian aquifer serves as drinkingwater source.
You are asked to assess the risk and explain the likely movementof these two contaminants to a local group of environmentalconsultants. They are concerned about pollution in air (they havean issue with inversion every once in a while), soil, groundwater,surface water and the lake trout; which aspect should they be mostconcerned about?
Use what you learned for surface water, subsurface environmentand air pollution as well as the characteristics of thesecontaminants (see table below) in your explanation. We are lookingfor a description, but more importantly that you make conceptuallinkages between the following:
Finish your explanation with a conclusion on where Heptane vs.Phenol will be most likely most problematic.
See this table for information about these pollutants.
Similar directions as last time: