Using stable isotopes and major ions to investigate the interaction between shallow and deep groundwater in Baiyangdian Lake Watershed, North China Plain

Jie Zhang, Maki Tsujimura, Xianfang Song, Koichi Sakakibara
Received 2016/02/25, Accepted 2016/04/29, Published 2016/06/07

1) Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba
2) Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

In arid/semi-arid regions, consumption of deep groundwater resources is increasing due to growing water demand in every sector. Intensive groundwater surveys focused on the Baiyangdian Lake Watershed (BLW) in the northwest of the North China Plain, as the BLW suffers from serious water problems due to high economic growth and improper groundwater resource utilization.
To clarify the interaction between shallow and deep groundwater, samples of surface water and groundwater in different aquifers were collected from two cities (Baoding City and Dingzhou City). Major trace element solute ion concentrations and stable isotopes of δ18O and δ2H revealed that, in a specific region of Baoding, anthropogenic activities have induced interaquifer recharge from Aquifer 1 to Aquifer 2 based on the similarity in chemical tracers. However, such an interaction could not be found in other regions in the study area.

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