Title: Hydrogeochemistry and groundwater quality assessment of Astaneh-Kouchesfahan Plain, Northern Iran

Authors: Masoud Saatsaz; Wan Nor Azmin Sulaiman; Saeid Eslamian; Kourosh Mohammadi

Addresses: Department of Geology, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS), 45195-1159 IASBS Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran ' Department of Environmental Science, University Putra of Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia ' Water Department, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 8415683111, Iran ' Department of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran 14115-111, Iran

Abstract: In this study, the hydrochemical characteristics of 230 bore well samples were analysed in Astaneh-Kouchesfahan Plain. Data interpretation shows that alkaline earths (Ca2+ and Mg2+) exceed the alkalis (Na+ and K+) and weak acids (HCO3) exceed the strong acids (Cl and SO42−) and Ca-HCO3 type is the dominant hydrochemical facies. The distribution patterns of the abundant parameters show that changes in chemical composition occurred in the middle, southwest and west of the area due to either natural geochemical process and/or anthropogenic activities. The results of factor analysis show that factor 1 of the pre-monsoon and factor 2 of the post-monsoon have high loading in the ions Na+ and Cl. Furthermore, it is indicated that there is an increase in the loadings of Ca2+, SO42−, HCO3, Mg2+ and K+ in post-monsoon compared to pre-monsoon due to the effect of precipitation and subsequent dissolution of the calcareous rocks and fertiliser.

Keywords: multivariate statistical analysis; hydrogeology; hydrochemistry; groundwater pollution; R-mode factor analysis; water quality; water pollution; groundwater quality; Iran; hydrogeochemistry; calcareous rocks; fertiliser.

DOI: 10.1504/IJW.2013.051978

International Journal of Water, 2013 Vol.7 No.1/2, pp.44 - 65

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 04 Feb 2013 *

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