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Erschienen in: Environmental Earth Sciences 9/2024

01.05.2024 | Original Article

Groundwater in the Na’ur area, Jordan: movement and pollution under changes in landscape uses

verfasst von: Dana Alsawaeir, Nizar Abu-Jaber, Andreas Lücke, Christoph Mayr, Bernhard Lucke

Erschienen in: Environmental Earth Sciences | Ausgabe 9/2024

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Abstract

The Cretaceous karstified limestone aquifers in northwestern Jordan are the major source of water in the area. The study area lies to the south of Amman in a mostly rural area on the margin of the Jordan Valley Rift. Stable isotope and tritium data indicate that this is a recharge zone. Groundwater flows both towards the rift, where the springs emanate, and towards the east into the plateau region, possibly emanating in the Wadi Sirhan area in eastern Jordan. The geochemical analyses show that significant pollution is affecting the water in the more populated areas, while pollution in the agricultural areas occurs to a lesser extent. Thus, while the karst aquifers in the area receive recharge from a significantly larger catchment area, it is also vulnerable to pollution due to local mismanagement. Expanded urbanization not taking this into consideration will lead to increased groundwater degradation in the future.

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Metadaten
Titel
Groundwater in the Na’ur area, Jordan: movement and pollution under changes in landscape uses
verfasst von
Dana Alsawaeir
Nizar Abu-Jaber
Andreas Lücke
Christoph Mayr
Bernhard Lucke
Publikationsdatum
01.05.2024
Verlag
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Erschienen in
Environmental Earth Sciences / Ausgabe 9/2024
Print ISSN: 1866-6280
Elektronische ISSN: 1866-6299
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-024-11591-5

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