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Arid Ecosystems

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 202–208 | Cite as

Potential Role of Groundwater in Pollution of Coastal Water of the Caspian Sea by Organic Pollutants

  • N. M. IsmailovEmail author
  • S. R. Alieva
WATER ECOSYSTEMS
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Abstract

The place and potential role of groundwater in the Caspian Sea coastal water pollution is predicted for the first time with the use of synthetic analysis and the generalization of literature data on the Azerbaijan national groundwater, pathways, and mechanisms of its pollution and fundamental concepts and principles developed by landscape geochemistry. The findings show that the groundwater, which may absorb a given amount of organic pollutants from the soil surface (including the sites of oil exploration enterprises), can potentially carry them into the Caspian Sea waters, polluting it; consequently, along with the surface runoff of these pollutants, it can have an adverse impact on the ecology of this unique water body.

Keywords:

Caspian Sea petroleum deposits river pollution hydrocarbon petroleum contaminated soil groundwater pollution discharge to coastal waters 

Notes

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Conflict of interest. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. Statement of the welfare of animals. This article does not contain any studies involving animals or human participants performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Microbiology of the Azerbaijan Academy of SciencesBakuAzerbaijan

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