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Interdependence of groundwater and surface water in lowland karst areas of western Ireland: management issues arising from water and contaminant transfers

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Catherine Coxon
Catherine Coxon
Department of Geology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (e-mail: cecoxon@tcd.ie)
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David Drew
David Drew
Department of Geology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (e-mail: cecoxon@tcd.ie)
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Published:
January 01, 2000

Abstract

In lowland karsts, both surface and groundwater systems are often present. This is the case over large areas of limestone in the west of Ireland where gaining and losing streams and seasonal lakes (turloughs) are common and where much of the surface river system consists of artificial channels. A case study from County Clare illustrates the problems involved in delineating catchment areas for springs which have partially contributing surface stream sources. Case studies from counties Galway and Clare, with complex surface water–groundwater interactions, exemplify problems that may arise with water quality and quantity. Difficulties in defining realistic protection areas for groundwater resources and sources are discussed.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Groundwater in the Celtic Regions: Studies in Hard Rock and Quaternary Hydrogeology

N. S. Robins
N. S. Robins
British Geological Survey, Wallingford, UK
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B. D. R. Misstear
B. D. R. Misstear
University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland
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Geological Society of London
Volume
182
ISBN electronic:
9781862394308
Publication date:
January 01, 2000

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