GLY 101 Study Guide - Final Guide: Love Canal, Porosity, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Groundwater
Groundwater: water held underground in the soil or in pores and crevices in
rock
Some rocks/sediment are better at holding water while others are better at
blocking water
Porosity: the space between the grains
Permeability: the ability to be infiltrated
- Clay is least permeable
History of Love Canal
- William T. Love envisioned a canal connecting Niagara River with
Niagara Falls to generate electricity
- Never happened, but Love decided to incorporate a shipping lane
- Due to lack of funds and a depression, only one mile of canal was dug
Blood tests
- High white blood cell counts, leukemia
- Chromosome damage in residents
- Birth defects
- Epilepsy, hyperactivity, and urinary tract disorders
Containment
- Sewers level the canal were severed
- 40 acre clay cap was completed
- Long term monitoring occurs for soil and ground water
- Contaminates wer confined to the site and were not leaking out
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