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Aquifer interactions with a polluted mountain river of Nicaragua

Publiceringsår: 2008
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 2264-2273
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Hydrological Processes
Volym: 22
Nummer: 13
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: John Wiley & Sons


The interactions between a stream and nearby shallow aquifers were investigated in a mountain basin being polluted by mercury released during mining in central Nicaragua. Hourly data series of water levels and temperatures were analysed using cross-correlation. Resistivity imaging was used to map the subsurface and to complement the hydrological data interpretation. The results show the complex hydrogeological conditions that characterize the region, with weathering and fractured rock as main contributors to groundwater transport. The resistivity images suggest the presence of two vertical dykes perpendicular to the stream, and zones rich in clay. The data series indicate a rapid response from the aquifers to recharge events, followed by immediate discharge on a yearly basis. Furthermore, alternating periods of stream infiltration and aquifer discharge were identified. This work demonstrates that surface water pollution is a threat to groundwater quality in the area.


  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Ecology
  • groundwater
  • pollution
  • Nicaragua
  • water
  • surface
  • cross-correlation
  • time series analysis
  • resistivity imaging


  • ISSN: 1099-1085

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