Articles | Volume 22, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 977–988, 2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 977–988, 2018

Research article 06 Feb 2018

Research article | 06 Feb 2018

Hydrological characterization of cave drip waters in a porous limestone: Golgotha Cave, Western Australia

Kashif Mahmud et al.

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This study explores the relationship between drip water and rainfall in a SW Australian karst, where both intra- and interannual hydrological variations are strongly controlled by seasonal variations in recharge. The hydrological behavior of cave drips is examined at daily resolution with respect to mean discharge and the flow variation. We demonstrate that the analysis of the time series produced by cave drip loggers generates useful hydrogeological information that can be applied generally.