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Solomon The mean transit time of groundwater is a fundamental and robust characteristic of a subsurface flow system. In unconfined aquifers, the mean groundwater transit time is related to 1 the volume of water stored in the aquifer and 2 the flux of water into or out of the aquifer. Environmental tracers such as tritium have been used to estimate the mean transit time, but generally require a time series of measurements from the early s to approximately and such data sets are very rare. Precise groundwater dating using dissolved gases such as chlorofluorocarbons CFCs has become relatively common. If CFC groundwater ages were preserved in the base flow of streams it might be possible to obtain flow-weighted mean transit time estimates even when long-term time series are not available. Although one might think that CFCs in streams would equilibrate with the atmosphere, samples collected from a variety of streams during base flow conditions are NOT in equilibrium with atmospheric CFCs at the temperature and elevation of the stream suggesting that exchange with the atmosphere is sluggish. The central hypothesis of the proposed research is that gaining streams will not equilibrate with CFCs in the atmosphere provided that the flux of non-modern groundwater can offset the rate of exchange with the atmosphere. It is further hypothesized that by quantifying the rate of gas exchange in a particular stream, the mean concentration of CFCs in groundwater can be estimated.

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Environmental tracers are natural or man made anthropogenic compounds or isotopes that are widely distributed in the near-surface environment. Variations in their quantities can be used to determine pathways and timescales of environmental processes. They include naturally occurring isotopes such as carbon and anthropogenic tracers such as Chlorofluorcarbons CFCs. Releases of anthropogenic environmental tracers include catastrophic events such as nuclear bomb testing releasing, as well as gradual leakage of tracers from industrial production processes.

One of the principal uses of environmental tracers is for determining the ages of soil waters and groundwaters. Information on soil water and groundwater age allows determination of timescales for a range of processes in the sub-surface.

Environmental tracers, including stable isotopes (18O, 2H, 15N), radionuclides (​3H, 14C, 36Cl, U-series), and dissolved gases such as chlorofluorocarbons (​CFCs).

The hydrogeological functioning of four different areas in a complex evaporite-karst unit of predominantly aquitard behavior in S Spain was investigated. Environmental dating tracers 3 H, 3 He, 4 He, CFC, SF 6 and hydrochemical data were determined from spring samples to identify and characterize groundwater flow components of different residence times in the media.

Ne values show degassing of most of the samples, favored by the high salinity of groundwater and the development of karstification so that the concentration of all the considered gases were corrected according to the difference between the theoretical and the measured Ne. The presence of modern groundwater in every sample was proved by the detection of 3 H and CFC At the opposite, the higher amount of radiogenic 4 He in most samples also indicates that they have an old component.

The large SF 6 concentrations suggest terrigenic production related to halite and dolomite. Particularly, GA 50 is derived from the median groundwater age and is presented as a new way of interpreting mixed groundwater age data. A greater fraction of old groundwater 3 H and CFC free was identified in discharge areas, while the proportion and estimated infiltration date of the younger fractions in recharge areas were higher and more recent, respectively.

The application of different approaches has been useful to corroborate previous theoretical conceptual model proposed for the study area and to test the applicability of the used environmental tracer in dating brine groundwater and karst springs. Andreo, M. Mudarra The hydrogeological functioning of four different areas in a complex evaporite-karst unit of predominantly aquitard behavior in S Spain was investigated.

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Toggle navigation ScienceBase-Catalog. Your browser does not have support for cookies enabled. Some features of this application will not work. Year The analytical procedure determines concentrations of the four tracers in air and water samples. SF5CF3 and CFC can be used to date groundwaters in some environments where the CFCs and SF6 have previously failed because these new tracers have increasing atmospheric input functions, no known terrigenic source, and are believed to be stable under reducing conditions.

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Groundwater, Age of

Numeriska experiment gjordes med en modell av en jord—bergprofil. Knowledge about the groundwater recharge is essential for the prediction of impacts of groundwater withdrawal and underground construction. Recharge in the bedrock is, however, difficult to estimate. The objectives of this thesis were to increase the understanding of groundwater recharge in crystalline bedrock, to investigate how the recharge could be estimated, and to develop new models to describe the recharge.

The study was based on three approaches: groundwater dating using chlorofluorocarbons CFCs , geohydraulic field measurements, and mathematical modelling.

Georgia CFCs were used to trace and date leakage of river water through sinkholes into the Upper Floridan aquifer near Valdosta, Georgia (Plummer and others.

CFCs are frquently used for dating young groundwater, see the project section for examples. Text is taken from: Cook, P. Chlorofluorocarbons CFCs are man-made organic compounds which are produced for a range of industrial and domestic purposes Rowland, Concentrations of these CFCs in ocean basins have been used to study mixing processes, and the movement of deep ocean currents Trumbore et al. CFC concentrations in groundwater have been used to estimate groundwater age Thompson and Hayes, ; Busenberg and Plummer, ; Dunkle et al.

Measurements of atmospheric concentrations have been made since July at stations throughout the world as part of the Atmospheric Lifetime Experiment Prinn et al. This is in strong contrast to the spatially variable nature of 3 H concentrations in rainfall. For CFCs, the atmospheric input to the ground-water can be known with a high degree of precision, even at remote sites.

Atmospheric concentrations for the period before their regular measurement have been reconstructed from estimates of world-wide production of chlorofluorocarbons and their rate of release to the atmosphere McCarthy et al. Modelling suggests that atmospheric concentrations of CFC and CFC will reach a maximum before the turn of the century, after which they will slowly decline Khalil and Rasmussen, ; Elkins et al.

A similar scenario is likely for CFC The sensitivity of the CFC dating method depends on the rate of change of the atmospheric CFC concentration with time, and thus the ability to date very young water will diminish with time.

The Reston Groundwater Dating Laboratory

Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. Ground water tracers and isotope chemistry of ground water can be considered as subfields of the larger area of environmental tracers in ground water.

Tromsø is a municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. The administrative centre of the The area has been inhabited since the end of the ice age. the city, making this part of the municipality a subpolar oceanic climate (Cfc) zone.

It showed that CFC and CFC were suitable tracers for groundwater dating because of their stability in the wetland environment. Furthermore, the mixture of groundwater with different age was discussed by CFC and CFC based on the binary mixing model and piston-flow model. As one of the most active factors, groundwater age is a key to understand the hydrological cycle as well as the associated hydro-ecological processes in a watershed.

The knowledge of the residence time would also help to illuminate processes that control subsurface flow routing since it is directly related to the diversity of flow pathways in a catchment Pearce et al. There are many ways to identify the residence time. For example, tritium 3 H is used to estimate residence times, but the method is difficult to use since the tritium concentration is too low to be detectable at present DeWalle et al.

Historical tracers are those which are present as a result of human activity, and the concentrations of tracers changed in the past time obey a given rules Selaolo Compared with some groundwater dating techniques, CFCs can be determined rapidly without sophisticated sampling and analytical instrument.

Using Man Made Gases as Groundwater ‘Age’ Tracers

The municipality’s population density is The municipality is warmer than most settlements on the same latitude, even milder than places much further south on Hudson Bay in Canada and in Far East Russia , due to the effect of the Gulf Stream , whose warm-water current allows for both relatively mild winters and tree growth in spite of its high latitude.

The city centre contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway , the oldest dating from Several theories exist. One theory holds “Troms-” to derive from the old uncompounded name of the island Old Norse : Trums.

Information on groundwater age is required to address aspects such isotopic tools for recharge rate determination include cl, chlorofluorocarbons (cfcs), 3h.

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Introduction to Water Dating and Tracer Analysis

Nitrogen pollution of freshwater and estuarine environments is one of the most urgent environmental crises. Shallow aquifers with predominantly local flow circulation are particularly vulnerable to agricultural contaminants. Water transit time and flow path are key controls on catchment nitrogen retention and removal capacity, but the relative importance of hydrogeological and topographical factors in determining these parameters is still uncertain.

Transient Atmospheric Trace Gases: CFCs (CFC, CFC- Dating Groundwater Using Tritium Groundwater dating by CFCs, SF. 6.

Szabo, D. Rice, L. Plummer, E. Busenberg, S. Drenkard, P. Water samples for age dating were collected from three sets of nested observation wells 10 wells with 1. Three steady state finite difference groundwater flow models were calibrated by adjusting horizontal and vertical hydraulic conductivities to match measured heads and head differences range, 0.

Environmental tracers and groundwater dating

In the framework of the investigation of enrichment processes of nitrate in groundwater of the Kalahari of Botswana near Serowe, recharge processes were investigated. The thick unsaturated zone extending to up to m of mostly unconsolidated sediments and very low recharge rates pose a serious challenge to study solute transport related to infiltration and recharge processes, as this extends past the conventional depths of soil scientific investigations and is difficult to describe using evidence from the groundwater due to the limitations imposed by available tracers.

To determine the link between nitrate in the vadose zone and in the uppermost groundwater, sediment from the vadose zone was sampled up to a depth of m in one case also to 65 m on several sites with natural vegetation in the research area.

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Shallow ground-resource systems are commonly used for drinking resource sources and they make up a large part of the baseflow in rivers and lakes. However, shallow use-water supplies are generally young recently recharged and, because there has used a local variety of man-made pollutants produced in the meteoric century, are more susceptible to contamination than deeper ground water.

Information about ground-water age can be used to determine recharge rates and refine meteoric models of ground-water systems Reilly and others, ; Szabo and techniques, and thus to identify the contamination potential and estimate the time used to flush contaminants through a use-water system. The 0- to year time scale is particularly relevant to environmentally sensitive shallow ground-water systems. Prior to the late s, however, there were no reliable means of dating ground water recharged during this time scale and, until recently, none of those methods were considered practical for use in establishing regional patterns.

In the early s, USGS scientists Busenberg and Plummer, developed a method to date resource use on the basis of chlorofluorocarbon CFC content of the water that is practical, use-effective, and applicable to most shallow ground-water systems. The feasibility of using CFCs as tracers of recent recharge and indicators of ground-water age was first recognized in the s see Plummer and Busenberg, and references therein.

Use have been increasingly used in oceanic studies since the late s as tracers of oceanic circulation, ventilation, and mixing processes. USGS isotopes Busenberg and Plummer, adapted global procedures developed by the oceanographic scientific community for ground-water studies and designed sampling equipment and procedures for collection and use of water techniques in the field. Water samples for CFC analysis are now routinely collected from domestic, irrigation, monitoring, and municipal wells, and from springs.

A closed path is established between the well or pump to a valve dating that is used to fill glass ampoules with water, creating a headspace with CFC-free, ultra-pure nitrogen gas. The samples are then transported to the U. Ground-water dating with CFC, CFC and CFC is possible because 1 their amounts in the atmosphere over the past 50 years have been reconstructed, 2 their solubilities in water are known, and 3 concentrations in air and young water are high enough that they can be measured.

As with any environmental tracer, age applies to the use of introduction of the chemical substance into the water, and not to the water itself.

Kluwer Acadmic Press. Chlorofluorocarbons CFCs are stable, synthetic, halogenated alkanes, developed in the early s as safe alternatives to ammonia and sulphur dioxide in refrigeration. CFCs are nonflammable, noncorrosive, nonexplosive, very low in toxicity, and have physical properties conducive to a wide range of industrial and refrigerant applications. Primary uses of CFC and CFC include refrigerants in air-conditioning and other coolers, blowing agents in foams, insulation, and packing materials, propellants in aerosol cans, and as solvents.

In the early s, USGS scientists Busenberg and Plummer, developed a method to date resource use on the basis of chlorofluorocarbon CFC content of the water.

Climate change. Geology of Britain. We use a wide range of environmental agents for this work including CFCs, SF6, tritium, radiocarbon and stable isotopes. There are various reasons why it can be important to know the age of groundwater in a particular aquifer. For example: does age validate the hydrogeological concept? Is the water a mixture of different ages? Is the water sustainable or being ‘mined’?

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