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The recently published groundwater vulnerability map of Fife is the first in a series of maps for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), which includes the unpublished maps of the areas around Dumfries and Strathmore. Based on the methodology used on the Environment Agency maps of England and Wales, the lithology and permeability of the geological formations, and the physical and chemical properties of the soils are classified to produce 15 groundwater vulnerability classes. However, the Scottish maps incorporate several modifications that improve their accuracy and usefulness.

These are:

    (a)

    the geological formations are classified solely on the basis...

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