The spectral induced polarization (SIP) signature of soil contaminated with organic pollutant was studied. Using a flow column experiment, the effect of crystal violet (CV, a polar organic pollutant) on the temporal change of the SIP response over a broad frequency range (1 mHz to 45 KHz) was determined. Complimentary measurements were used to determine the effect of CV on the chemical composition of both the pore water and the solid surface. In addition, analysis of the experimental results was carried out by using both chemical complexation and induced polarization models. Our results shows that adsorption of CV to the mineral surface resulted in release of inorganic ions to the soil solution, increasing the solution electrical conductivity and therefore also the real part of the complex conductivity. Despite the increase in the real part of the complex conductivity, the imaginary part of the complex conductivity decreased with increasing concentration of adsorbed CV. Using the Revil induced polarization model, we were able to show that the contribution of the adsorbed CV to the polarization of the soil is negligible, and that the main process affecting the polarization is the decrease in the density of the inorganic surface species. The results of this study can be used to better interpret SIP signature of soils contaminated by organic compounds.
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