Co-Precipitation of Trace Metals in Groundwater & Vadose Zone Calcite: In Situ Containment & Stabilization of Strontium-90 & Other Divalent Metals & Radionuclid

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A suite of experiments were performed to investigate the partitioning of Sr2+ (to mimic the radionuclide 90Sr) between calcite and artificial groundwater in response to the hydrolysis of urea by Bacillus pasteurii under conditions that simulate in-situ aquifer conditions. Experiments were performed at 10, 15 and 20 C over 7 days in microcosms inoculated with B. pasteurii ATCC 11859 and containing an artificial groundwater and urea (AGW), and an AGW including a Sr contaminant treatment. During the experiments ammonium concentration from bacterial urea hydrolysis increased asymptotically, and derived rate constants (kurea) that were between 13 and 10 times greater at ... continued below

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Ferris, F. Grant June 1, 2003.

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A suite of experiments were performed to investigate the partitioning of Sr2+ (to mimic the radionuclide 90Sr) between calcite and artificial groundwater in response to the hydrolysis of urea by Bacillus pasteurii under conditions that simulate in-situ aquifer conditions. Experiments were performed at 10, 15 and 20 C over 7 days in microcosms inoculated with B. pasteurii ATCC 11859 and containing an artificial groundwater and urea (AGW), and an AGW including a Sr contaminant treatment. During the experiments ammonium concentration from bacterial urea hydrolysis increased asymptotically, and derived rate constants (kurea) that were between 13 and 10 times greater at 20 C, than at 15 and 10 C. Calcite precipitation was initiated after similar amounts of urea had been hydrolysed ({approx} 4.0 mmoles L-1) and a similar critical saturation state (mean Scritical = 53, variation = 20%) had been reached, independent of temperature and Sr treatment. Because of the positive relationship between urea hydrolysis rate and temperature, precipitation began by the end of day 1 at 20 C, and between days 1 and 2 at 15 and 10 C. The rate of calcite precipitation increased with, and was fundamentally controlled by S, irrespective of temperature, which connects the dissimilar patterns of urea hydrolysis and dissolved concentrations which are exhibited at the different experiments. The presence of Sr slightly slowed calcite precipitation rates at equivalent values of S, which may reflect the screening of active nucleation and crystal growth sites by Sr. Instantaneous heterogeneous partitioning coefficients (DSr) exhibited a positive association with calcite precipitation rates, but were greater at higher experimental temperatures at equivalent precipitation rates (20 C mean = 0.46; 15 C mean = 0.24; 10 C mean = 0.29). This is likely to reflect the large ionic radius of the Sr ion, which cannot fully co-ordinate relative to ions smaller than Ca at equilibrium conditions, but i s increasingly co-precipitated as all ions are indiscriminately incorporated at higher precipitation rates. The temperature dependence is likely to reflect the higher miscibility of ions in minerals, commonly observed in geochemical systems at higher temperatures.

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  • Report No.: EMSP-87016--2003a
  • Grant Number: FG07-02ER63494
  • DOI: 10.2172/838499 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 838499
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc780927

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Ferris, F. Grant. Co-Precipitation of Trace Metals in Groundwater & Vadose Zone Calcite: In Situ Containment & Stabilization of Strontium-90 & Other Divalent Metals & Radionuclid, report, June 1, 2003; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc780927/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.