Quantitative Analysis of Groundwater Recharge in an Arid Area, Northwest China
AbstractThe Mixing Cell Model (MCM) is a useful tool that can be applied to areas with limited hydrogeological data, such as arid areas in northwest China, to transform available groundwater hydrochemical data into quantitative information about an aquifer. In this study, we used the MCM to quantify water circulation in the study area and to analyze information such as the supply source composition and proportion of the confined aquifer, the main supply aquifer for local drinking water. The MCM simulation results showed that the confined aquifer in the study area is mainly recharged by leakage of water from the upper unconfined aquifer and lateral flow from the eastern and southern tablelands. Unconfined groundwater and lateral flow contributed to 67.69% and 32.31% of the recharge, respectively. The groundwater circulation model of the study area provided quantitative information about water circulation in different parts of the study area, represented by different cells known as A–F. The information from this model provides a scientific basis for the sustainable use and development of water resources in different parts of the study area. View Full-Text
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Wang, F.; Li, Q.; Liu, H.; Geng, X. Quantitative Analysis of Groundwater Recharge in an Arid Area, Northwest China. Water 2016, 8, 354.
Wang F, Li Q, Liu H, Geng X. Quantitative Analysis of Groundwater Recharge in an Arid Area, Northwest China. Water. 2016; 8(8):354.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wang, Fugang; Li, Qinglin; Liu, Hongyan; Geng, Xinxin. 2016. "Quantitative Analysis of Groundwater Recharge in an Arid Area, Northwest China." Water 8, no. 8: 354.
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