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Alice Springs town basin, review 2003



Alice Springs town basin, review 2003


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E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report ; no. 42/2003




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Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment

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Alice Springs


Report ; no. 42/2003

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383000 384000 385000 386000 387000 7375000 7376000 7377000 7378000 7379000 7380000 Nitrate -2 10 20 50 100 Figure 20 Nitrate in the town area. 5.4.2 Hydrocarbons Alice Springs has been a major transport hub for over 60 years, and large volumes of petroleum products have been handled in it. Within the Town Area there are a number of fuel storages and service stations, all of which are potential sources of pollution. Figure 22 shows present and some past hydrocarbon storages. This list is not complete, and there are probably other service stations that have operated at times. Also shown are known hydrocarbon plumes. Investigations into hydrocarbons fall into two groups: From 1990 to 1992 the then Water Resources Branch collected samples from some existing bores for sampling for total organic carbon. Since 1998 there have been several investigations where test bores have been drilled specifically to investigate known or suspected hydrocarbon spills. For this work hydrocarbons have been reported in groups according to the carbon chain length. 30

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