9. Solute Transport and Groundwater Pollution
In the prior chapter, we considered drainage from the soil profile and one example of solute transport. In this chapter, we will focus more directly on solute transport and the related issues of groundwater pollution and soil salinity. Understanding the mechanisms and pathways of solute transport is important for addressing an array of pressing environmental problems from drinking water contamination to land degradation. The mechanisms of solute transport also strongly influence plant nutrient uptake.