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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3581-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3581-2016
Research article
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06 Sep 2016
Research article |  | 06 Sep 2016

Using radon to understand parafluvial flows and the changing locations of groundwater inflows in the Avon River, southeast Australia

Ian Cartwright and Harald Hofmann

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This paper uses the natural geochemical tracer Rn together with streamflow measurements to differentiate between actual groundwater inflows and water that exits the river, flows through the near-river sediments, and subsequently re-enters the river downstream (parafluvial flow). Distinguishing between these two components is important to understanding the water balance in gaining streams and in managing and protecting surface water resources.