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Hydrochemical Modeling and Assessment of Groundwater Contamination in Northwest Sinai, Egypt

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This study aims to investigate groundwater geochemical characteristics, and to assess the effects of groundwater contamination in northwest Sinai, Egypt. A geographic information system, geochemical modeling, and statistical analyses tools were used. Twenty-five groundwater samples from a Quaternary aquifer were sampled. These water samples were analyzed for major, minor, and trace elements. The results of this study contribute to a better understanding of the hydrochemical characteristic as well as the anthropogenic processes of groundwater pollution. On the basis of these analyses, the geochemical parameters and the anomalous concentration of different elements enable the characterization of salinity sources of the brackish waters and the suspected sources of polluted water. Pollution sources are represented by waste disposal and agricultural activities as well as the probable upward leakage of highly saline water from the deeper aquifers and the saltwater intrusion. Pollution risk is high when the depth of the water table is shallow (0.3 to 15.0 m) and the aquifer has high hydraulic conductivity and poor matrix buffering capacity.

Keywords: geographic information system; geostatistics; groundwater contamination; hydrochemical modeling

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations:  SGSRC, Department of Geology and Geophysics, College of Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Department of Geology, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt.

Publication date: March 1, 2013

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