Geochemical mixing methods utilizing 222Rn and chloride and statistical hydrograph separation techniques were carried out in an attempt to understand baseflow dynamics in a section of the Kern River in the Sierra Nevada of Southern California. 222Rn has become a valuable tool for evaluating groundwater inflow to a river, particularly when groundwater and surface water have similar major ion geochemistry. When using geochemical methods it is important to minimize uncertainty through comparison with separate tracers and techniques, though this is complicated in this setting. Snow melt discharge and regulation of natural river flow cause hydrograph-based techniques to suffer from inaccuracies. Geochemical mixing using major ions and stable isotopes are complicated by the chemical similarity between surface water and groundwater. 222Rn is a powerful tool to elucidate this relationship in this setting if major uncertainties, like rate of radon degassing and parafluvial and hyporheic radon production can be constrained.
|Commitee:||Becker, Matthew, Holk, Gregory|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Hydrologic sciences, Environmental Geology, Geochemistry|
|Keywords:||Baseflow, Geochemical, Radon, Tracer|
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