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Transport, behavior, and fate of volatile organic compounds in streams

August 1, 1998

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are compounds with chemical and physical properties that allow the compounds to move freely between the water and air phases of the environment. VOCs are widespread in the environment because of this mobility. Many VOCs have properties making them suspected or known hazards to the health of humans and aquatic organisms. Consequently, understanding the processes affecting the concentration and distribution VOCs in the environment is necessary. The U.S. Geological Survey selected 55 VOCs for study. This report reviews the characteristics of the various process that could affect the transport, behavior, and fate of these VOCs in streams.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1998
Title Transport, behavior, and fate of volatile organic compounds in streams
DOI 10.3133/pp1589
Authors R. E. Rathbun
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Professional Paper
Series Number 1589
Index ID pp1589
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization