Articles | Volume 25, issue 12
Research article
13 Dec 2021
Research article |  | 13 Dec 2021

Use of water isotopes and chemistry to infer the type and degree of exchange between groundwater and lakes in an esker complex of northeastern Ontario, Canada

Maxime P. Boreux, Scott F. Lamoureux, and Brian F. Cumming

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