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Multiple environmental tracers for a better understanding of water flux in a wetland area (La Bassée, France)

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Understanding water exchange between groundwater and streams, or groundwater/surface-water relationships, is of primary importance for solving conflicts related to water use and for restoring water ecosystems. To this end, we tested a combination of classic geochemical tools and isotopic tools on the Bassée study site, located in the alluvial plain of the River Seine, to see whether they are relevant for tracing multiple and complex groundwater/surface-water relationships. The Ca/Sr ratio associated with Sr isotopes shows contrasted values and suggests that infiltration of surface water to groundwater increases when approaching the Seine. Furthermore, stable isotopes of the water molecule indicate that water from gravel-pit lakes may infiltrate into groundwater. Tritium and CFC tools confirmed surface-water influence on the Alluvial and Chalk aquifers. This geochemical approach, tested on the Bassée site, clearly demonstrates the need of using various geochemical tools for describing groundwater/surface-water relationships, and can be conclusively addressed to other case studies for helping decision makers in their management of natural water resources.

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hal-00625695 , version 1 (22-09-2011)

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Laurence Gourcy, Agnès Brenot. Multiple environmental tracers for a better understanding of water flux in a wetland area (La Bassée, France). Applied Geochemistry, 2011, 26 (12), pp.2147-2158. ⟨10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.07.012⟩. ⟨hal-00625695⟩

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