Alternatives for water resources management in the Tindouf Basin (Algeria)

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Alternatives for water resources management in the Tindouf Basin (Algeria)

Mohamed Mahia, Saadane Djorfi, Azzedine Hani
J. Bio. Env. Sci.11( 6), 123-131, December 2017.
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In the Tindouf region, the intense exploitation of the Hamadian and Visean aquifers has cause drainage out of these reservoirs. A new possibility could be found by aquifers of the Lower Devonian and Cambro-Ordovician sandstones, which were confined and slightly exploited. The main problem was to identify the favorable zones for the implantation of wells and to know whether a current recharge of these aquifers still exists. The isotopic study combined with classical hydrochemical and hydrogeological studies have pointed out a recharge of these aquifers and have shown the main flow paths. Based on the thermodynamic equilibrium of systems, the chemical evolution of the groundwater closely follows the underground water circulation reflecting the aquifers aging.


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