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Systems, Methods, and Devices for Tagging Carbon Dioxide Stored in Geological Formations

Methods and systems for tagging carbon dioxide to be stored in a geologic formation are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method includes: providing a carbon dioxide tracer that is quantifiable and distinguishable versus non-anthropogenic produced carbon dioxide; providing carbon dioxide to be stored in the geologic formation; determining what portion of the carbon dioxide is anthropogenic produced carbon dioxide; and mixing a predetermined quantity of the carbon dioxide tracer with the carbon d
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Methods for Magnetic Imaging of Geological Structures.

Methods for imaging geological structures include injecting magnetic materials into the geological structures, placing at least one magnetic probe in a proximity to the geological structures, generating a magnetic field in the geological structures and detecting a magnetic signal. The at least one magnetic probe may be on the surface of the geological structures or reside within the geological structures. The methods also include injecting magnetic materials into the geological structures, placi
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Drive-point Injection System for In-situ Dnapl Remediation

Traditionally, soil formations contaminated by DNAPL (dense non-aqueous phase liquids) have been treated by flushing the contaminated zone with oxidants, such as hydrogen peroxide or potassium permanganate. Flushing involves using mechanical pumps to inject the oxidants up-gradient of the contaminated zone and to draw off displaced water down-gradient thereby leaving the oxidants in-situ to destroy the DNAPL contamination. Aside from relying on costly pumping equipment and the necessity of nearb
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Waterloo Barrier® Groundwater Containment Wall

The University of Waterloo has developed a sealable sheet piling wall for containing contaminated groundwater. Vertical walls or cells of steel sheet piling are driven into the ground using conventional techniques for sheet piling installation. A watertight sealant is then injected into the specially designed joints between individual piles to create an impermeable barrier. Sheet piling walls can be built to completely surround the contaminated portion of an aquifer effectively halting latera
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Funnel and Gates System for Treating Contaminated Groundwater

Many industrial and mining operations generate waste by-products that enter aquifers, lakes and streams and which are toxic to both marine biological and human life. It is common to use a 'pump-and-treat' approach to remediate contaminated groundwater whereby the groundwater is pumped up to surface treatment equipment that chemically modifies, adsorbs, or extracts the target contaminants. The treated water is then pumped back into the aquifer and the immobilized contaminants are sent off-site fo
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In Situ Biostimulation System (Flushable Porous Wall)

The University of Waterloo has developed a system for stimulating microbial populations indigenous to aquifers. The system is passive over 99% of the time it is operational and therefore promises to be an exceptionally cost effective procedure once it is fully developed. The system comprises a porous wall, installed vertically through the aquifer of interest and perpendicular to the contaminant plume to be treated, with several fully or partially screened wells installed along its length. The we
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Groundwater Velocity Probe

Determining and monitoring groundwater flow is essential in many hydrogeologic applications including landfill leachate inflow-outflow analysis, groundwater plume characterization for contaminated site remediation projects, water supply location and well screen positioning, geologic fracture zone location, hazardous spill response and for determining tidal effects on groundwater flow. Traditional groundwater flow determination can be expensive and time consuming and often requires drilling cored
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Phosphextm - Treatment and Removal of Phosphorous from Water

Phosphorous contamination that enters streams, rivers, and groundwater aquifers and which eventually concentrates in lakes, represents an essential nutrient in the growth cycle of algae. Excess levels of phosphorous contamination contributes to excess algae bloom growth and to eventual lake eutrophication which negatively impacts on the ability of aquatic life to survive. Phosphorous contamination of lakes is primarily due to the domestic household use of detergents, which are not removed from c
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Nitrex ®/t Groundwater Denitrification System

Nitrate (NO3-) groundwater concentration in septic tank intensive and/or agriculturally intensive regions often exceeds human drinking water standards. As a consequence, affected regional governments often impose stringent nitrate emission criteria that can restrict land use and development opportunities. Nitrate contamination typically enters streams, rivers, and groundwater aquifers as a by-product from commonly used household and commercial septic tank systems, most agricultural operations, a
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Diffusive Release of Groundwater Amendments..."Versatility and Simplicity"

Developed by University of Waterloo researchers, the patented Waterloo EmitterT offers remediation professionals a new cost effective and low maintenance option for a wide variety of groundwater applications. Unrivalled versatility - diffusive release of treatment additives (gaseous and liquid sources) for a wide range of groundwater applications - O2 or H2 release for enhanced bio-remediation of MTBE, BTEX, other contaminants - co-substrate release (eg. propane, toluene) for co-metabo
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Cartilage Fluorescent Reporter Transgenic Zebrafish

Abstract (Set) In mammalian model organisms, cartilage formation and maturation is visually inaccessible, whether in the fetus or postnatally. Cell culture models for cartilage formation are readily accessible, but cannot exactly mimic in vivo conditions under which cartilage is formed and matures. Because the zebrafish embryo develops externally and rapidly, and is almost transparent, many developmental processes can be directly observed. With the addition of a fluorescent reporter gene, GFP,
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