Coagulation in Natural Waters

by Charles R. O'Melia, Johns Hopkins Univ, Dep of Geography, & Environmental Engineering, Baltimore, MD, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age

Abstract: The hydrodynamics and chemistry of particle-particle interactions can control the transport of particles and of particle-reactive pollutants. In lakes, particle deposition is accomplished by sedimentation that is often complemented by coagulation. Trace metals are usually particle-reactive and accompany particles to the sediments. Hydrophobic organic pollutants can volatilize at the air-water interface and the atmosphere can be the principal sink for many such compounds.

Subject Headings: Particle pollution | Particles | Sediment | Water pollution | Coagulation | Metals (chemical) | Hydrodynamics

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