Journal article

Hydrogeochemical and isotopic constraints on the origins of dryland salinity, Murray Basin, Victoria, Australia

I Cartwright, TR Weaver, S Fulton, C Nichol, M Reid, X Cheng

APPLIED GEOCHEMISTRY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2004

Abstract

Combined hydrogeological and hydrogeochemical data allow flow systems and the origins of solutes in the Honeysuckle Creek area of the southeastern Murray Basin, which is an area affected by dryland salinity, to be constrained. Recharge occurs both on the uplands that are composed of fractured Violet Town Volcanic rocks and the Riverine Plain that comprises sediments of the Shepparton and Coonambidgal Formations. Groundwater from the Violet Town Volcanics has low salinity (<20 mmol/L Cl) and major ion geochemistry that is controlled largely by dissolution of silicate minerals. Low Cl/Br ratios (as low as 281 molar) suggest that this groundwater has not dissolved halite. Groundwater that recha..

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