Water quality impacts and palaeohydrogeology in the East Yorkshire Chalk Aquifer, UK

Trevor Elliot, D.S. Chadha, P.L. Younger

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    Abstract

    A large hydrochemical data-set for the East Yorkshire Chalk has been assessed. Controls on the distribution of water qualities within this aquifer reflect: water-rock interactions (affecting especially the carbonate system and associated geochemistry); effects of land-use change (especially where the aquifer is unconfined); saline intrusion and aquifer refreshening (including ion exchange effects); and aquifer overexploitation (in the semi-confined and confined zones of the aquifer). Both Sr and I prove useful indicators of groundwater ages, with I/Cl ratios characterising two sources of saline waters. The hydrochemical evidence clearly reveals the importance of both recent management decisions and palaeohydrogeology in determining the evolution and distribution of groundwater salinity within the artesian and confined zones of the aquifer. Waters currently encountered in the aquifer are identified as complex (and potentially dynamic) mixtures between modern recharge waters, modern seawater, and old seawaters which entered the aquifer many millennia ago.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)385-398
    Number of pages14
    JournalQuarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology
    Volume34 (4)
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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