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The physical properties of the Upper Devonian/Lower\ud Carboniferous aquifer in Fife

By B.E. O Dochartaigh


The Upper Devonian/Lower Carboniferous sandstone system in Fife is one of Scotland’s most\ud productive aquifers. Groundwater abstracted from the aquifer is used for public water supply,\ud agriculture, and industry. This report describes the available data on the physical hydraulic\ud properties of the aquifer and the analysis undertaken on the data, and provides an overview\ud the magnitude and variability of these aquifer properties.\ud The most productive units within the aquifer system, with the highest porosity, matrix\ud hydraulic conductivity and specific capacity, are the Knox Pulpit and the Kinnesswood\ud formations. Matrix porosity and hydraulic conductivity are decline with depth. Even where\ud matrix porosity and hydraulic conductivity are highest, fracture flow is dominant, constituting\ud at least 70% of total transmissivity in all the aquifer unit

Publisher: British Geological Survey
Year: 2004
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