Articles | Volume 22, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1629–1648, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1629-2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1629–1648, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1629-2018

Research article 02 Mar 2018

Research article | 02 Mar 2018

Using hydraulic head, chloride and electrical conductivity data to distinguish between mountain-front and mountain-block recharge to basin aquifers

Etienne Bresciani et al.

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This article tackles the problem of finding the origin of groundwater in basin aquifers adjacent to mountains. In particular, we aim to determine whether the recharge occurs predominantly through stream infiltration along the mountain front or through subsurface flow from the mountain. To this end, we discuss the use of routinely measured variables: hydraulic head, chloride and electrical conductivity. A case study from Australia demonstrates the approach.