Transport of tracers and pollutants from the Geysers Geothermal Resource Area

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An initial analysis of both surface and aerial SF/sub 6/ tracer data from the Geysers illustrates the importance that terrain, vertical wind shear, time-varying winds and stability have on the downwind distribution of cooling tower effluents during the daytime. Atmospheric stability and near surface winds above 3 m/s results in fumigation and surface impaction of a portion of cooling tower plumes on downwind surfaces and terrain. Vertical wind shear and possible gravity waves in upper-levels (approx. 1800 to 2000 m m.s.l), in addition, to terrain influences assist in distributing plumes horizontally and in the vertical at relative short (approx. 10 ... continued below

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Orgill, M.M.; Lee, R.N. & Schreck, R.I. August 1, 1983.

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An initial analysis of both surface and aerial SF/sub 6/ tracer data from the Geysers illustrates the importance that terrain, vertical wind shear, time-varying winds and stability have on the downwind distribution of cooling tower effluents during the daytime. Atmospheric stability and near surface winds above 3 m/s results in fumigation and surface impaction of a portion of cooling tower plumes on downwind surfaces and terrain. Vertical wind shear and possible gravity waves in upper-levels (approx. 1800 to 2000 m m.s.l), in addition, to terrain influences assist in distributing plumes horizontally and in the vertical at relative short (approx. 10 to 20 km) distances from the source. Small quantities of gaseous sulfur, primarily H/sub 2/S, are transported up to 20 km or more from the Geysers area. A variety of trace materials such as sulfate, copper, zinc, arsenic, bromine, lead, antimony, selenium and barium appear to be enriched over background levels and transported downwind from the Geysers Area at times.

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  • Other: DE83016335
  • Report No.: PNL-4797
  • Grant Number: AC06-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/5826662 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5826662
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1098872

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Orgill, M.M.; Lee, R.N. & Schreck, R.I. Transport of tracers and pollutants from the Geysers Geothermal Resource Area, report, August 1, 1983; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1098872/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.