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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Water Research, 15 October 2015, Vol.83, pp.205-216
    Description: Estimating respiration and photosynthesis rates in streams usually requires good knowledge of reaeration at the given locations. For this purpose, gas-tracer tests can be conducted, and reaeration rate coefficients are determined from the decrease in gas concentration along the river stretch. The typical procedure for analysis of such tests is based on simplifying assumptions, as it neglects dispersion altogether and does not consider possible fluctuations and trends in the input signal. We mathematically derive the influence of these non-idealities on estimated reaeration rates and how they are propagated onto the evaluation of aerobic respiration and photosynthesis rates from oxygen monitoring. We apply the approach to field data obtained from a gas-tracer test using propane in a second-order stream in Southwest Germany. We calculate the reaeration rate coefficients accounting for dispersion as well as trends and uncertainty in the input signals and compare them to the standard approach. We show that neglecting dispersion significantly underestimates reaeration, and results between sections cannot be compared if trends in the input signal of the gas tracer are disregarded. Using time series of dissolved oxygen and the various estimates of reaeration, we infer respiration and photosynthesis rates for the same stream section, demonstrating that the bias and uncertainty of reaeration using the different approaches significantly affects the calculation of metabolic rates.
    Keywords: Reaeration ; Gas-Tracer Tests ; Whole-Stream Metabolism ; Dispersion ; Oxygen Balance of Streams ; Engineering
    ISSN: 0043-1354
    E-ISSN: 1879-2448
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Journal of Hydrology, 27 November 2014, Vol.519, pp.3386-3399
    Description: The travel-time distribution between rivers and groundwater observation points and the mixing of freshly infiltrated river water with groundwater of other origin is of high relevance in riverbank filtration. These characteristics usually are inferred from the analysis of natural-tracer time series, typically relying on a stationary input–output relationship. However, non-stationarity is a significant feature of the riparian zone causing time-varying river-to-groundwater transfer functions. We present a non-stationary extension of nonparametric deconvolution by performing stationary deconvolution with windowed time series, enforcing smoothness of the determined transfer function in time and travel time. The nonparametric approach facilitates the identification of unconventional features in travel-time distributions, such as broad peaks, and the sliding-window approach is an easy way to accommodate the method to dynamic changes of the system under consideration. By this, we obtain time-varying signal-recovery rates and travel-time distributions, from which we derive the mean travel time and the spread of the distribution as function of time. We apply our method to electric-conductivity data collected at River Thur, Switzerland, and adjacent piezometers. The non-stationary approach reproduces the groundwater observations significantly better than the stationary one, both in terms of overall metrics and in matching individual peaks. We compare characteristics of the transient transfer function to base flow which indicates shorter travel times at higher river stages.
    Keywords: Travel-Time Distribution ; Bank Filtration ; Non-Stationarity ; Nonparametric Inference ; Geography
    ISSN: 0022-1694
    E-ISSN: 1879-2707
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Journal of Hydrology, 2011, Vol.402(3), pp.274-289
    Description: ► Using multiple isotopes to study groundwater flow in active rifts. ► Hydrochemical and isotopic evolution from escarpments to Rift floor. ► Mantle CO influences groundwater hydrochemistry. ► Apparent C ages are similar in Rift floor groundwater. ► Groundwater flow paths occur both longitudinal and transversal to rift axis. This study aims to investigate groundwater recharge and flow patterns in tectonically active rift systems, exemplified by a case study in the Main Ethiopian Rift. The chosen approach includes the investigation of hydrochemical parameters and environmental isotopes ( H, δ H, δ O, δ C-DIC, C-DIC, Sr/ Sr). Apparent groundwater ages were determined by radiocarbon dating after correction of C-DIC using a modified δ C-mixing model and further validation using geochemical modelling with NETPATH. Hydrochemical and isotopic data indicate an evolutionary trend existing from the escarpments towards the Rift floor. Groundwater evolves from tritium-containing and hence recently recharged Ca–HCO -type water on the escarpments to tritium-free Na–HCO groundwater dominating deep Rift floor aquifers. Correspondingly, rising pH and values coupled with increasingly enriched δ C signatures point to hydrochemical evolution of DIC and beginning dilution of the carbon isotope signature by other carbon sources, related to a diffuse influx of mantle CO into the groundwater system. Especially thermal groundwater sampled near the most recent fault zones in the Fantale/Beseka region displays clear influence of mantle CO and increased water–rock interaction, indicated by a shift in δ C and Sr/ Sr signatures. The calculation of apparent groundwater ages revealed an age increase of deep groundwater from the escarpments to the Rift floor, complying with hydrochemical evolution. Within the Rift, samples show a relatively uniform distribution of apparent C ages of ∼1800 to ∼2800 years, with the expected down-gradient aging trend lacking, contradicting the predominant intra-rift groundwater flow described in existing transect-based models of groundwater flow. By combining hydrochemical and new isotopic data with knowledge of the structural geology of the Rift, we improve the existing groundwater flow model and propose a new conceptual model by identifying flow paths both transversal and longitudinal to the main Rift axis, the latter being strongly controlled by faulted and tilted blocks on the escarpment steps. The connection between groundwater flow and fault direction make this model applicable to other active rift systems with similar structural settings.
    Keywords: Rift Tectonics ; Hydrochemistry ; Isotope Hydrology ; Groundwater Cycle and Dating ; 87sr/ 86sr ; 14c ; Geography
    ISSN: 0022-1694
    E-ISSN: 1879-2707
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Science of the Total Environment, 2008, Vol.398(1), pp.164-174
    Description: Seven years of monitoring groundwater in the Gaza Strip has shown that nitrate was and still is a major groundwater pollutant. The objectives of this research were to study the distribution of NO in the groundwater of the Gaza Strip and to identify the sources of NO in the Gaza aquifer system by assessing nitrogen and oxygen isotopes. The most recent samples collected in 2007 showed 90% of the wells having NO concentrations that are several times higher than the WHO standards of 50 mg/L. Potential NO source materials in Gaza are animal manure N, synthetic NH based fertilizers, and wastewater/sludge. The average concentrations of N in the sludge, manure and soil of Gaza were 2.9%, 1% and 0.08%, respectively. The range in N of solid manure samples was + 7.5 to + 11.9‰. The range in N of sludge samples was + 4.6 to + 7.4‰, while four brands of synthetic fertilizers commonly used in Gaza had N ranging from + 0.2 to + 1.0‰. Sludge amended soil had N ranging from + 2.0 to + 7.3‰. For both O and N, the ranges of groundwater NO were − 0.1 to + 9.3‰ and + 3.2 to 12.8‰, respectively. No significant bacterial denitrification is taking place in the Gaza Strip aquifer. Nitrate was predominantly derived from manure and, provided N of sludge represents the maximum N of human waste, to a lesser extent from septic effluents/sludge. Synthetic fertilizers were a minor source.
    Keywords: Gaza Strip ; Nitrate ; Nitrogen/Oxygen Isotopes ; Environmental Sciences ; Biology ; Public Health
    ISSN: 0048-9697
    E-ISSN: 1879-1026
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 2017, Vol.17, pp.574-577
    Description: Lithium and its isotopes has generally been used as a proxy for silicate weathering and only in a few case studies investigated the link between Lithium isotope systematics of surface and ground waters with respect to residence times in crustal reservoirs and aquifers. However, the processes controlling the Lithium isotope fractionation in such systems are not fully understood, yet. In order to gain a better understanding of how Lithium isotopes are fractionated in large catchments we analyzed Lithium concentrations and Lithium isotope compositions of different water reservoirs (rivers, groundwater, thermal water and lakes) of a high alpine granitic catchment in the Pamir Mountains. We also determined the Lithium concentration and Lithium isotope composition of the (granitic) basement as well as the suspended particulate matter (SPM) in the waters. We observe large isotopic variations in the water samples (from δ Li = +3 to +36‰) and light isotopic compositions for the bedrock and SPM (δ Li = -14 to +1.5‰). The wide span of Li isotope composition in the water samples reflects the weathering of silicate rock along the flow path of the (sub) surface water within the catchment.
    Keywords: Lithium Isotopes ; River Water ; Ground Water ; Granite ; Pamir ; Central Asia ; Geology
    ISSN: 1878-5220
    E-ISSN: 1878-5220
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Quaternary International, 04 August 2014, Vol.338, pp.59-70
    Description: Miocene–Pliocene and Upper Cretaceous formations in Tunisia contain one of the most productive artesian aquifers in the country. They consist of Mio-Pliocene sands and Senonian/Turonian carbonates. Intensive pumping in Kébili and Nefzaoua regions over the past decades resulted in gradual lowering of water table at the rate of approximately 0.85 m y . Forty-two groundwater samples have been collected from different sectors of the studied aquifers for chemical and isotopic analyses. The observed large spatial variability of chemical composition of groundwater in the study area is most probably linked to two processes: (i) dissolution of dolomite and gypsum, combined with calcite precipitation (dedolomitisation), and (ii) partial evaporation of water. The first process plays an important role in the study area due to abundance of evaporites. Partial evaporation occurs in the upper part of the unsaturated zone during infiltration, especially for groundwater sampled in the Kebili and Djerid regions. Apart from these processes, there are others which influence the salinity of the aquifers. In the Mio-Pliocene aquifer, which behaves as an open system to gases and which receives inputs of CO gas derived from intensive tectonic activity in the area, the interaction of carbon dioxide with carbonate matrix of the aquifer produces an increase in the alkalinity of water. In the Senonian and Turonian aquifers, the process of dedolomitisation evolves in a closed system with respect to CO gas. Ca /Na cation exchange and halite dissolution processes are also important. Stable isotope composition of water (δ O, δ H) indicates that the recharge occurs from the Dahar upland. The C activity varies between 89.5 (±1.5) and 3.7 (±2.1) pmc. The C content in the total dissolved inorganic carbon (TDIC) range between −13.9 and −3.6‰. The calculated concentrations of C in the CO gas in equilibrium with the TDIC vary between −22 and −11‰, indicating two sources of carbon in the solution: carbonate matrix (δ C = −2‰) and soil CO (δ C from −25 to −21‰ for the cultivated areas). Mean residence times of water have been determined after correction of the initial C activities for C-dilution processes including carbonate dissolution, calcite precipitation and cation-exchange. The dilution processes were quantified on the basis of geochemical and C mass balance equations. The calculated mean residence times of water confirm modern recharge from Dahar upland and the mountains surrounding depressions, and indicate the presence of paleowaters in the east and south-west region, and in the discharge zone.
    Keywords: Tunisia ; Dissolution ; Evaporation ; Dilution ; Residence Time ; Geology
    ISSN: 1040-6182
    E-ISSN: 1873-4553
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 1998, Vol.62(18), pp.3041-3045
    Description: The {sup 4}He, {sup 40}Ar, and {sup 136}Xe content dissolved in the pore water of sedimentary rock samples was measured on samples from borehole cores near the repository for nuclear waste in Morsleben, Germany. Due to the very low permeabilities of the rock formations, conventional groundwater sampling was almost impossible. Hence, the authors developed a new sampling method for noble gases in the pore water of freshly drilled rock cores. This method provides vertical noble gas profiles in high depth resolution, even in impermeable rocks. By application of the new technique quantitative age information of groundwater and pore water have been derived. The authors find palaeowaters from the last glaciation depleted in {delta}D and {delta}{sup 18}O with a {sup 4}He age of about 55 kyr. The high saline pore solutions below are at least 6 Mio years old. This has been concluded from the profiles of radiogenic {sup 4}He and {sup 40}Ar close to diffusion in steady-state and from xenon isotopes produced by spontaneous fission of {sup 238}U in the rocks. A {sup 4}He flux of 2 {center_dot} 10{sup {minus}7} cc STP/cm{sup 2} yr is derived from the profile, which is due to local {sup 4}He production within the investigated sediments.
    Keywords: Geology
    ISSN: 0016-7037
    E-ISSN: 1872-9533
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2009, Vol.73(4), pp.911-922
    Description: Groundwater is an important and often exclusive water resource in arid and semi-arid regions. The aim of the present paper was to gain insight into the processes and conditions that control the deterioration of groundwater quality in the semi-arid Kalahari of Botswana. Measurements of He, He, Ne, Ne, and of C of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) were combined with existing isotopic and hydrochemical data to investigate groundwater from the Ntane Sandstone Aquifer, which is affected by high nitrate concentrations of non-anthropogenic origin. All groundwater samples revealed neon concentrations in excess to air-saturated water, which we attributed to the addition of excess air during recharge. Neon concentrations ranged from values close to air saturation for C DIC rich samples (up to 80.5%MC) up to values of 90% in excess to air-saturated water for lower C DIC contents (2.6–61.3%MC). A strong linear correlation of excess Ne with nitrate concentrations suggests an intimate connection between groundwater quality and the processes and conditions during groundwater recharge. Low groundwater recharge rates under present-day semi-arid conditions are associated with low amounts of excess Ne and elevated nitrate concentrations. In contrast to this, higher excess Ne values in groundwater of lower C DIC and nitrate contents indicate that the high quality groundwater end-member presumably is related to higher groundwater table fluctuations during wetter climatic conditions in the past. We attribute the decline in groundwater quality with respect to nitrate to a decreasing rate and temporal variability of groundwater recharge, and to concurrent changes in biogeochemical activities following a transition to a drier climate during the Holocene. Under such conditions, a much stronger decrease in groundwater recharge compared to the release of nitrate from soil organic matter may result in elevated nitrate concentrations in the vadose zone and groundwater. This implies a strong impact of climate change on the transport of solutes like nitrate through the vadose zone which needs to be considered in predictions of future groundwater quality.
    Keywords: Geology
    ISSN: 0016-7037
    E-ISSN: 1872-9533
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: Science of the Total Environment, 10 March 2019, Vol.655, pp.1062-1070
    Description: The estimation of gas-exchange rates between streams and the atmosphere is of great importance for the fate of volatile compounds in rivers. For dissolved oxygen, this exchange process is called reaeration, and its accurate and precise estimation is essential for the quantification of metabolic rates. A common method for the determination of gas-exchange rates is through artificial gas-tracer tests with a proxy gas. We present the implementation of a portable gas-equilibrium membrane inlet mass spectrometer (GE-MIMS) to record concentrations of krypton and propane injected as tracer compound in the context of a gas-tracer test. The field-compatible GE-MIMS uses signals of atmospheric measurements for concentration standardization, and allows recording the dissolved-gas concentrations at a high temporal resolution, leading to overall low measurement uncertainty. Furthermore, the approach avoids loss of gas during the steps of sampling, transport, storage, and analysis required for gas measurements. We compare obtained gas-exchange rate coefficients, reaeration and derived metabolic rates from the measurements to results obtained from head-space sampling of propane followed by laboratory analysis, and find much lower uncertainties with the method.
    Keywords: Krypton ; Gas Tracer ; Gas-Equilibrium Membrane-Inlet Mass Spectrometry ; Reaeration ; Stream Metabolism ; In-Situ Recording of Dissolved Gases ; Environmental Sciences ; Biology ; Public Health
    ISSN: 0048-9697
    E-ISSN: 1879-1026
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  • 10
    Language: English
    In: Water Research, 2007, Vol.41(15), pp.3259-3270
    Description: In this study, we used isotopic ( O, H, S-SO ) and chemical tracers (boron) to assess the sources and transport processes of the micropollutants carbamazepine, galaxolide, and bisphenol A in groundwater underlying the city of Halle (Saale), Germany. Their ubiquitous presence in urban groundwater results from a combination of local river water infiltration, sewer exfiltration, and urban stormwater recharge. Attenuation during transport with infiltrating river water increased from carbamazepine (0–60%) to galaxolide (60–80%) in accordance with their increasing sorption affinity and decreasing recalcitrance against biodegradation. Distinctly higher attenuation during transport was found for carbamazepine (85–100%) and galaxolide (95–100%) if micropollutants originated from sewer exfiltration. Most likely, this is related to higher contents of organic matter and higher transit times of the respective flow paths. Although attenuation undoubtedly also affects the transport of bisphenol A, quantification is limited due to additional contributions from the urban stormwater recharge. As a consequence, micropollutant loads in groundwater indicate that groundwater discharge may dominate the export of bisphenol A from urban areas.
    Keywords: Urban Groundwater ; Pharmaceuticals ; Personal Care Products ; Endocrine Disruptors ; Stable Isotopes ; Sewer Exfiltration ; Engineering
    ISSN: 0043-1354
    E-ISSN: 1879-2448
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