Soni, A.K. (2009) Sea water intrusion studies near kovaya limestone mine, Saurashtra Coast, India. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment , 154 (1-4). pp. 93-109. ISSN 0167-6369

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The Kovaya Limestone Mine is situated on the Saurashtra coast of India. Though the mine is dependent on the desalination plant installed in the plant for its domestic and industrial water requirements, there is significant withdrawal of groundwater by the large number of bore wells and open wells, which are present in the agricultural fields lying in and around the leased area of the mine. The heavy withdrawal of groundwater has led to intrusion of seawater. The present work entails study of possible seawater intrusion by chemical analysis of major cations and anions in selected groundwater samples. Very high total dissolved solids in the range of >1,000 mg/l and high chloride in the range of 103 mg/l to 3,899 mg/l have been measured in the groundwater samples. ‘Resistivity Imaging Survey’ has also been carried out on selected profiles in the study area. The Electrical Resistivity Tomography images indicate very low Resistivity zones (~0–3 Ω m) in the bottom portion of the resistivity depth section. These low resistivity zones can be interpreted to be due to seawater intrusion. The resistivity sections on the excavated Pits, where mining is going on, indicate possibilities of seawater intrusion. Hence, protection from seawater intrusion is recommended through restriction of mining up to the safe level.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sea water intrusion · TDS · Resistivity · Hydrochemistry · Electrical resistivity tomography
Subjects: Blasting
Depositing User: Dr. Satyendra Kumar Singh
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2012 11:58
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2012 11:58

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