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Characterization Of Groundwater Resources Degradation At Santiago Island (Cabo Verde) Ascribed To Isotopic And Geochemical Signatures

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/WP080141

Volume

111

Pages

10

Page Range

139 - 148

Published

2008

Size

985 kb

Author(s)

P. M. Carreira, J. M. Marques, A. Pina, A. Mota Gomes, D. Nunes & F. Monteiro Santos

Abstract

Overexploitation of coastal aquifers and pollution are among the main problems related to groundwater resources assessment and management in Santiago Island (Cabo Verde). Brackish groundwater for agriculture and human supply (e.g. Praia Baixo, Montenegro, and Charco) are being provided to populations as the only type of available water. Isotopic techniques combined with geochemical signatures provided information about salinization mechanisms (e.g. seawater intrusion, salt dissolution, and marine aerosols) of the groundwater systems, at Santiago Island. The isotopic composition of groundwater samples range from -4.98 to -2.61o/oo in δ18O and from -44.6 to -14.9o/oo in δ2H, with a mean isotope content of -3.88 ± 0.53o/oo in δ18O and -25.9 ± 5.4o/oo in δ2H vs V-SMOW (n = 115). Two groundwater groups were recognized based on the δ18O and δ2H isotopic composition and different geochemical evolution trends were identified: (i) mixture with seawater (the influence of marine aerosol cannot be excluded) and (ii) same isotopic \“history” but different geochemical evolution, depending on weathering rates and rock permeability. Keywords: groundwater degradation, geochemistry, stable isotopes, Santiago Island – Cabo Verde.

Keywords

groundwater degradation, geochemistry, stable isotopes, Santiago Island – Cabo Verde.