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Seasonal patterns of alkalinity in the San Francisco Bay estuarine system, California, during 1980

Water-Resources Investigations Report 82-4102

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Abstract

Salinity and alkalinity were measured in the near-surface waters of San Francisco Bay estuarine system at two-week intervals during 1980. Results are presented in figures and as numerical values, and the analytical methods are detailed. The transport of alkalinity to the Bay from the delta during 1980 was 3.8 x 10 to Ohe 10th power equivalents; this estimate is based on the freshwater alkalinity concentrations predicted by the north San Francisco Bay salinity-alkalinity distributions. North San Francisco Bay distributions are primarily the result of conservative mixing of freshwater from the Delta with Pacific Ocean water. Nonlinear distributions are the consequence of alkalinity variations in the freshwater rather than the effects of in-estuary processes or sources. Seasonal inflow of agricultural waste water is a major cause of freshwater alkalinity variations. South San Francisco Bay salinity-alkalinity distributions show the effects of variations in Delta outflow rate, local streams, and municipal waste-water inflows. (USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Seasonal patterns of alkalinity in the San Francisco Bay estuarine system, California, during 1980
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
82-4102
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1984
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
iv, 54 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.