Resolution of Differences in Concentration of Naturally Occurring Tritium in Groundwater Tracer Studies
Neary, Michael P.
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The objective of this article is to describe the technique for improving the detection level of tritium in water by employing tritium enrichment. The utility of the method will be demonstrated with real data from a variety of ground and surface water sources. Data are presented that emphasize the insensitivity of the analysis to the source of water and its chemical constituents, the reproducibility of the analysis, and the sensitivity of the analysis to small differences in tritium concentration. In summary, the utility and current limits of application of naturally occurring tritium as a ground water tracer will be discussed.