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Some hydrogeological problems peculiar to various types of small islands\ud

By N S Robins and A R Lawrence

Abstract

There are many problems associated with the investigation of small island hydrogeology, including (i) the availability of data and the distribution of both spatial and temporal data sets, (ii) the dynamics of the groundwater to sea-water interface and the shape of the so-called groundwater lens, and (iii) the difficulties of evaluating recharge to groundwater and of calculating the volume of groundwater discharge to the sea. These issues are compounded by (a) the ratio of coast to area in small islands, (b) the problems of extreme topography, and (c) the identification of baseflow to rivers and streams. A simple classification of island types assists in evaluating hydro-geological regimes, and the importance of groundwater in an island context cannot be over-emphasised.\ud \u

Publisher: Wiley
Year: 2000
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2000.tb00271.x
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:12352
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