Soil and water contamination in arid coastal zones

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    Abstract

    The scope of this paper is to. identify the major physical processes responsible for soil and water contamination in coastal deserts. and To quantify the problem of groundwater salinization due to sea water intrusion. The water pollution 'chain reaction' starts when natural groundwater recharge is smaller than total water consumption and it ends with salinization of active wells followed by deterioration of agroproductivity. A mathematical model suggests that this process is non-linear and irreversible. It is concluded that the time to reach 'salinization disaster 'is generally short (10-100 years) It leads to intolerable high concentration of groundwater salinity with fatal consequences to agroproductivity and general water availability.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages235-240
    Number of pages6
    StatePublished - 1 Dec 1995
    EventProceedings of the EWRA 1995 Symposium - Nicosia, Cyprus
    Duration: 14 Mar 199518 Mar 1995

    Conference

    ConferenceProceedings of the EWRA 1995 Symposium
    CityNicosia, Cyprus
    Period14/03/9518/03/95

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