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The effect of subsurface military detonations on vadose zone hydraulic conductivity, contaminant transport and aquifer recharge.

Lewis, Jeffrey; Burman, Jan; Edlund, Christina; Simonsson, Louise; Berglind, Rune; Leffler, Per Erik; Qvarfort, Ulf; Thiboutot, Sonia; Ampleman, Guy; Meuken, Denise; Duvalois, Willem; Martel, Richard; Sjöström, Jan (2013). The effect of subsurface military detonations on vadose zone hydraulic conductivity, contaminant transport and aquifer recharge. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology , vol. 146 . p. 8-15. DOI: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2012.12.007.

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Live fire military training involves the detonation of explosive warheads on training ranges. The purpose of this experiment is to evaluate the hydrogeological changes to the vadose zone caused by military training with high explosive ammunition. In particular, this study investigates artillery ammunition which penetrates underground prior to exploding, either by design or by defective fuze mechanisms. A 105 mm artillery round was detonated 2.6 m underground, and hydraulic conductivity measurements were taken before and after the explosion. A total of 114 hydraulic conductivity measurements were obtained within a radius of 3 m from the detonation point, at four different depths and at three different time periods separated by 18 months. This data was used to produce a three dimensional numerical model of the soil affected by the exploding artillery round. This model was then used to investigate potential changes to aquifer recharge and contaminant transport caused by the detonating round. The results indicate that an exploding artillery round can strongly affect the hydraulic conductivity in the vadose zone, increasing it locally by over an order of magnitude. These variations, however, appear to cause relatively small changes to both local groundwater recharge and contaminant transport.

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Mots-clés libres: vadose zone; hydraulic conductivity; military training
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 06 déc. 2016 21:28
Dernière modification: 22 déc. 2016 20:13
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/3467

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