Application of Geochemical Tracers and Isotopic for Investigation of Recharge and Salinization of Water in the Menzel Bourguiba Aquifer, Northeast of Tunisia

  • Mohsen Ben AlayaEmail author
  • Safouan Ben Ammar
  • Jean-Denis Taupin
  • Mohamed Khouatmia
  • Raouf Jbeali
  • Fetheddine Melki
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In order to better understand the hydrogeological functioning of the Menzel Bourguiba aquifer system (NE Tunisia), chemical and isotopic (18O, 2H) analyses of water are carried out. This work highlights the fact that the water of this aquifer system is highly modified by geochemical interactions: cationic exchange and precipitation/dissolution phenomena. By using isotopic tools, it was shown that the water of this aquifer system has been recently recharged by direct infiltration from the boundary and in the valley of wadis.


Aquifer system Natural tracers Isotopes Menzel Bourguiba plain NE Tunisia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohsen Ben Alaya
    • 1
    Email author
  • Safouan Ben Ammar
    • 2
  • Jean-Denis Taupin
    • 3
  • Mohamed Khouatmia
    • 4
  • Raouf Jbeali
    • 1
  • Fetheddine Melki
    • 5
  1. 1.National Institute of Research and Physical-Chemical Analysis (INRAP), TechnopoleSidi Thabet, ArianaTunisia
  2. 2.Carthage UniversityTunisTunisia
  3. 3.Hydrosciences, UMR 5569 (IRD, CNRS, UM)MontpellierFrance
  4. 4.CNSTNSidi Thabet, TunisTunisia
  5. 5.Tunis-El Manar UniversityTunisTunisia

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