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Identifying the Origin and Evolution of Groundwater in the Salt River Valley and Applications for Better Water Well Design: A Stable Isotopic Approach

Abstract Stable isotopes were measured in the groundwaters of the Salt River Valley basin in central Arizona to explore the utility of stable isotopes for sourcing recharge waters and engineering better well designs. Delta values for the sampled groundwaters range from -7.6‰ to -10‰ in 18O and -60‰ to -91‰ in D and display displacements off the global meteoric water line indicative of surficial evaporation during river transport into the area. Groundwater in the basin is all derived from top-down river recharge; there is no evidence of ancient playa waters even in the playa deposits. The Salt and Verde Rivers are the dominant source of groundwater for the East Salt River valley- the Agua Fria River also contributes significantly to the West Salt Riv... (more)
Created Date 2010
Contributor Bond, Angela Nicole (Author) / Knauth, Paul (Advisor) / Hartnett, Hilairy (Committee Member) / Shock, Everett (Committee Member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Groundwater / Salt River Valley / Isotopes
Extent 119 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Geological Sciences 2010
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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