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To generalize from this example, the number and location of wells can determine how well a plume is characterized.

Raises two red flags icon Plume characterized with five wells along the centerline.
source Color of the contaminant source
xylenes Color of the xylenes plume
benzene Color of the benzene plume
MTBE Color of the MTBE plume
If it is said that five wells could characterize a plume,
  • Does a centerline exist? -- meaning, "Is the plume regularly shaped?"
  • Can this be found by placing wells in a presumed flow direction?
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