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A Computer Simulation Of Groundwater Salinization Risk In Salento Peninsula (Italy)

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/RISK000431

Volume

45

Pages

11

Published

2000

Size

1,048 kb

Author(s)

M. Delle Rose, A. Federico, C. Fidelibus

Abstract

The main source of water for civil purposes in Salento peninsula is the coastal karst aquifer. It is formed by Cretaceous units, essentially lime- stones and dolomitic limestones highly fractured and karstificated. The groundwater is intensively withdrawn and, as a consequence, the risk of contamination of existing wells due to salinization is high. In order to evaluate the level of such a risk, a procedure is proposed that, taking into account the essential features of the underground circulation like the prin- cipal conductive fractures and karstic conduits, leads to a predictive model based on the generation by computer of artificial systems of fractures and conduits. Very preliminary results are presented to show the capability of such a procedure. 1 Introduction Groundwater quality in Salento penins

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