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Title: Geoelectrical characterization of hydrological processes in a buried braided river system
Authors: Guinea, A
Hollins, SE
Meredith, KT
Hankin, SI
Cendón, DI
Keywords: Rivers
Ground water
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2016
Publisher: European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE
Citation: Guinea, A., Hollins, S., Meredith, K., Hankin, S. & Cendón, D.I. (2016). Geoelectrical characterization of hydrological processes in a buried braided river system. Paper presented at the Near Surface Geoscience 2016 - 22nd European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics. Barcelona 4-8th September 2016. doi:10.3997/2214-4609.201601955.
Abstract: The Macquarie Marshes (NSW, Australia) cover approximately 200 square km of the Macquarie River flood-plains. The marshes are one of the largest remaining inland semi-permanent wetlands in southeastern Australia. Diversity of fauna and flora has decreased in the wetlands while the flood-drought cycles controlling these ecosystems have been affected by recent human activity. An Electrical Resistivity Tomography survey has been carried out to provide insight into the surface water/ groundwater interactions occurring at the north-western part of the marshes and to identify potential recharge areas of the aquifer systems. In the resistivity sections three main units can be identified: 1. A top unit of low-resistivity (1 to 6 ohm.m) with about 5 meter thick on average. 2. A middle unit of higher electrical resistivity (6 to 20 ohm.m) that continues to a depth of approximately 20 metres and is discontinuous laterally. 3. A bottom unit below a depth of 20 to 25 metres with resistivity decreasing to values similar to those of the top unit. The resistivity results has allowed to identify clay dominated and sand dominated materials. The groundwater is recharged from surface water following sandy windows in the clay created by modern channels on the surface of the marshes.© European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers.
Gov't Doc #: 7385
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