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Groundwater hydrogeochemical formation and evolution in a karst aquifer system affected by anthropogenic impacts.

Authors
  • Wu, Xiancang1, 2
  • Li, Changsuo3, 4
  • Sun, Bin1, 2
  • Geng, Fuqiang1, 2
  • Gao, Shuai1, 2
  • Lv, Minghui1, 2
  • Ma, Xueying1, 2
  • Li, Hu5
  • Xing, Liting6
  • 1 801 Institute of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, Shandong Provincial Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Jinan, 250014, China. , (China)
  • 2 Key Laboratory of Groundwater Resources and Environment, Shandong Provincial Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Jinan, 250014, China. , (China)
  • 3 801 Institute of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, Shandong Provincial Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Jinan, 250014, China. [email protected] , (China)
  • 4 Key Laboratory of Groundwater Resources and Environment, Shandong Provincial Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Jinan, 250014, China. [email protected] , (China)
  • 5 Jinan Rail Transit Group Co., Ltd, Jinan, 250014, China. , (China)
  • 6 School of Resources and Environment, University of Jinan, Jinan, 250022, China. , (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Environmental geochemistry and health
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2020
Volume
42
Issue
9
Pages
2609–2626
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10653-019-00450-z
PMID: 31673916
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Karst groundwater, an important water source, is often highly influenced by human impacts, causing environmental damage and threats to human health. However, studies on the anthropogenic influences on the hydrogeochemical evolution of karst groundwater are relatively rare. To assess hydrogeochemical formation and evolution, we focused on a typical karst groundwater system (Jinan, China) which is composed of cold groundwater (av. temperature 13-17 °C), springs and geothermal water (av. temperature > 30 °C) and is significantly affected by human activities. The study was performed by means of water samples collecting and analyzing and isotope analysis (2H, 18O and 14C). The statistical analysis and inverse models were also applied to further understand geochemical processes and anthropogenic influences. The 2H, 18O and 14C results indicate that the cold karst groundwater is easily influenced and contaminated by the local environment, while geothermal water is relatively old with a slow rate of recharge. The hydrochemical types of cold karst groundwater are mainly HCO3-Ca and HCO3·SO4-Ca, while geothermal water hydrochemical types are SO4-Ca·Na and SO4-Ca. Groundwater Ca2+, Mg2+, HCO3- and SO42- are mainly controlled by carbonate equilibrium, gypsum dissolution and dedolomitization. Groundwater Na+, K+ and Cl- are mainly derived from halite dissolution, and in geothermal water, they are also affected by incongruent dissolution of albite and K-feldspar. Anthropogenic nitrogen produces ammonium resulting in nitrification and reduction in CO2(g) consumption and HCO3- release from carbonate dissolution. Principal component analysis and inverse models also indicate that nitrification and denitrification have significantly affected water-rock interactions. Our study suggests that karst groundwater quality is dominated by water-rock interactions and elucidates the influence of anthropogenic nitrogen. We believe that this paper will be a good reference point to study anthropogenic influences on the groundwater environment and to protect karst groundwater globally.

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