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LNAPL

Most hydrocarbons (i.e. non-chlorinated compounds, See: DNAPL) are lighter than water and form phases that float on its surface (e.g. on groundwater). Organic liquids with densities less than 1 g/cm3 are known as light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPL). The most important LNAPL compounds are fuels (gasoline, kerosene, diesel), with heating oil EL being another example. The ->BTEX compounds are of particular relevance in this regard.

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