Multiparameter cartographic assessment of the hydrochemical groundwater of the Soummam valley (Kabylia, Algeria)

Ahcène Semar, Hakim Saibi

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Abstract

A hydrochemical survey based on an analysis of groundwater data was undertaken in the alluvial aquifer of the lower valley of Soummam (LVS). The LVS reservoir is characterized by a hydrogeologically heterogeneous lithology consisting of gravel, sand, and silt (with occasionally significant levels of clay). Numerous contacts and faults affect the region. Data were derived from a hydrochemical analysis of water by titration and spectrophotometry using 60 groundwater samples. Factor analysis with varimax rotation was applied to these data to reduce their size and to understand the nature of ion associations. The results of this analysis were used for Kriging mapping to pinpoint hydrochemical features of the study area. Four factors explaining ∼92% of the data variability were identified: one related to sodium-potassium (Na-K), chloride (Cl), and magnesium (Mg); one related to nitrates (NO3); one related to bicarbonate (HCO3); and one related to calcium (Ca) and sulfate (SO4).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1357-1365
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Progress and Sustainable Energy
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

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Calcium Sulfate
valley
Magnesium Chloride
groundwater
Lithology
Silt
Spectrophotometry
Factor analysis
Gravel
Bicarbonates
Titration
Aquifers
Nitrates
Magnesium
Potassium
Calcium
Clay
Sand
Sodium

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  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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Multiparameter cartographic assessment of the hydrochemical groundwater of the Soummam valley (Kabylia, Algeria). / Semar, Ahcène; Saibi, Hakim.

In: Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, Vol. 33, No. 4, 01.01.2014, p. 1357-1365.

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