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Comprehensive and easily read, this book sets the stage for how contaminants can get into the subsurface. The authors describe pathways and introduce the essential concepts of risk. They provide details on the current state-of-the-art for performance prediction and clearly delineate the limitations in modeling specific situations. The book addresses the materials used in barriers, defines their properties, and explores how they perform in the field. It covers available technologies and their applications to various types of barriers. Tackling the most challenging aspect of waste containment technology, the book includes two case studies that demonstrate the value of validating field performance.