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Identification of solute loading sources to a surface stream

Water Resources Bulletin

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Abstract

A study was performed to identify sources of solute loading to the Dirty Devil River and its major tributaries, in south-eastern Utah. A primary goal was to determine the contribution of gypsum dissolution to total dissolved solids concentration, and its potential increase in the future if salinity control measures are instituted. Synoptic field data were collected during the low flow period in October 1983. Data were analyzed using the geochemistry models WATEQF and BALANCE to postulate mineral reactions leading to solute loading. Three known sources of solute loading, involving two different geochemical mechanisms, were clearly discernable. Two additional areas of possible gypsum dissolution were located.A study was performed to identify sources of solute loading to the Dirty Devil River and its major tributaries, in south-eastern Utah. A primary goal was to determine the contribution of gypsum dissolution to total dissolved solids concentration, and its potential increase in the future if salinity control measures are instituted. Synoptic field data were collected during the low flow period in October 1983. Data were analyzed using the geochemistry models WATEQF and BALANCE to postulate mineral reactions leading to solute loading. Three known sources of solute loading, involving two different geochemical mechanisms, were clearly discernable. Two additional areas of possible gypsum dissolution were located.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Identification of solute loading sources to a surface stream
Series title:
Water Resources Bulletin
Volume
22
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1986
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
81
Last page:
89
Number of Pages:
9