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GroMoPo Metadata for Beelitzhof (Berlin) saltwater upconing model

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To date, studies on the geological conditions in inland aquifers leading to pathways for upwelling deep saline groundwater due to pumping have not been published yet. Therefore, this paper conducted a theoretical modeling study to raise two hypotheses about deep saline-groundwater pathways leading to saltwater upconing below a pumping well in an inland aquifer based on the field situation at the Beelitzhof waterworks in southwestern Berlin (Germany), defined as follows: (1) there are windows in the Rupelian clay caused by glacial erosion, where their locations are uncertain, and (2) there are no windows in the clay, but the clay is partially thinned out but not completely removed by glacial erosion, so salt can merely come through the clay upward by diffusion and eventually accumulate on its top. These hypotheses were tested to demonstrate the impact of the lateral distance between windows in the clay and the well, as well as salt diffusion through the clay depending on its thickness on saltwater intrusion in the pumping well, respectively, using a density-dependent groundwater flow and solute transport model. Hypothesis 1 was validated with four scenarios that windows could occur in the clay at the site, and their locations under some conditions could significantly cause saltwater intrusion, while hypothesis 2 could be excluded, because salt diffusion through the clay with thickness greater than 1 m at the site was not able to cause saltwater intrusion.

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WGS 84 EPSG:4326
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Additional Metadata

Name Value
DOI 10.1007/s11270-014-2203-7
Depth 170
Scale < 10 km²
Layers > 20 layers
Purpose Groundwater contamination;Salt water intrusion
GroMoPo_ID 135
IsVerified True
Model Code SEAWAT-2000
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Model Time
Model Year 2014
Model Authors J. Cai, T. Taute, M. Schneider
Model Country Germany
Data Available Report/paper only
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Dominant Geology Unconsolidated sediments
Developer Country Germany
Publication Title Saltwater Upconing Below a Pumping Well in an Inland Aquifer: a Theoretical Modeling Study on Testing Different Scenarios of Deep Saline-Groundwater Pathways
Original Developer No
Additional Information
Integration or Coupling None of the above
Evaluation or Calibration
Geologic Data Availability

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GroMoPo, D. Kretschmer (2023). GroMoPo Metadata for Beelitzhof (Berlin) saltwater upconing model, HydroShare,

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