Articles | Volume 22, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 4449–4454, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-4449-2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 4449–4454, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-4449-2018
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22 Aug 2018
Comment/reply | 22 Aug 2018

Comment on “Origin of water in the Badain Jaran Desert, China: new insight from isotopes” by Wu et al. (2017)

Lucheng Zhan et al.

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Using the arithmetic averages of precipitation isotope values, Wu et al. (2017) concluded that the Badain Jaran Desert (BJD) groundwater is recharged by modern local meteoric water. However, based on weighted mean precipitation isotope values, our further analysis shows that modern precipitation on the Qilian Mountains is more likely to be the main source of the groundwater and lake water in the BJD, as found. We believe this comment provides an important improvement for their study.