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QUANTIFICATION OF TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL RECHARGE TO THE FRACTURED-ROCK AQUIFER SYSTEM OF PLOEMEUR, FRANCE

Abstract : Quantifying recharge remains a difficult challenge due to the uncertainties associated with the extent to which the vadose zone affects water levels and groundwater movement in an often highly heterogeneous aquifer system that is being monitored. The primary goal of this study is to assess the hydrogeologic properties that have led the unique recharge signals within the fractured crystalline-rock aquifer system near Ploemeur, France. Infiltration and groundwater movement are characterized via time-series hydraulic head and precipitation data collected at daily, monthly, yearly, and at decadal intervals. In spite of the nearly one million cubic meters of groundwater extraction, measured drawdowns are marginal, suggesting that local and regional recharge plays a significant role in moderating water-level declines and raising questions as to the origins of the substantial inflow required to sustain this complex system. A roughly two-month lag has been observed between seasonal water level and monthly precipitation at Ploemeur, which has previously been attributed solely to slow vertical migration of water through the low-permeability micaschist layer to the fractured contact zone and interconnected fault. However, results from this study suggest that a significant portion of the observed lag can be attributed to vadose-zone processes, particularly the thickness of the vadose zone. This investigation also reveals a recharge signal that continues throughout the calendar year, departing from the traditional simplified concept that recharge quantity is essentially equivalent to the value of evapotranspiration subtracted from infiltration.
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Thomas Burbey, Stacey Law, Laurent Longuevergne. QUANTIFICATION OF TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL RECHARGE TO THE FRACTURED-ROCK AQUIFER SYSTEM OF PLOEMEUR, FRANCE. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2019, American Geophysical Union, Dec 2019, San Francisco, United States. pp.H12D-06. ⟨insu-02395605⟩

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