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The Metabolic Islets




The Metabolic Islets integrate the chemical properties of a dynamic abiotic material with a complex biological geometry, resulting materiality deployed in the form of a network of artificial islets. The project works to passively remediate flowing contaminated water while simultaneously reconstructing the lost habitats of the Niagara River.


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Coal tar piles exist on both the Huntley and TCC sites.On a rainy day, water becomes contaminated from coming in contact with the coal tar and then infiltrates into the soil beneath. 


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Additionally, soil contamination may also occur through the overflow of wastewater from treatment ponds.





 
 


As the area's topographic composition was evaluated, we studied the hydrology of each site. This study revealed how lake effect weather, water runoff and stagnant water could speak to the trajectory of pollutants.



 

During the rainy season, the water level can rise up to 12 feet above the average tide, flooding a well-documented dumping site for hazardous waste products, including refuse, wood, scrap polyethylene, and ceramic saddle packing from coke refining equipment.

 

Deposition via rain is additionally responsible for the presence of heavy metal particulates in the soil.







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As the area's topographic composition was evaluated, we studied the hydrology of each site. This study revealed how lake effect weather, water runoff, and stagnant water could speak to the trajectory of pollutants


 












 







  

 



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