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DOI 10.1080/10256010208033318
Title (Primary) Evaluation of the sulfate dynamics in groundwater by means of environmental isotopes
Author Trettin, R.; Knöller, K.; Loosli, H.H.; Kowski, P.
Journal Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
Year 2002
Department ISOHYD
Volume 38
Issue 2
Page From 103
Page To 119
Language englisch
Abstract Elevated sulfate concentrations and their heterogeneous distribution in the drinking water catchment area Torgau-Mockritz (Germany) were investigated by means of multiple isotope signatures such as δ34S, δ18O-H2O, δD, tritium, and 85Kr. δ34S values of the groundwater sulfate vary between -19…+ 37‰ CDT. No simple correlation exists between sulfate concentrations and δ34S. Superimposition of different sulfur sources and mobilization processes combined with a complicated groundwater movement create a complex distribution pattern. The oxidation of reduced sedimentary sulfur has to be regarded as a main source of dissolved sulfate at least regionally. Tritium and 14C data revealed that old groundwater can be excluded as source for high sulfate contents. Correlated temporal variations in the concentrations of tritium and sulfate are observed in deeper sampling positions. Highly variable δ18O and δD, as detected in parts of the catchment area, indicate local influences of surface water infiltration into the aquifer. The spatial distribution of isotope signatures enables the identification of zones with descending younger water or hindered groundwater movement and hence provides useful hints for flow modeling.
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Trettin, R., Knöller, K., Loosli, H.H., Kowski, P. (2002):
Evaluation of the sulfate dynamics in groundwater by means of environmental isotopes
Isot. Environ. Health Stud. 38 (2), 103 - 119