The groundwater contribution into Green Lake and Black Lake (Vescovo Lakes Group), two cover collapse sinkholes in Pontina Plain (Central Italy), was estimated using water chemistry and a 222Rn budget. These data can constrain the interactions between sinkholes and deep seated fluid circulation, with a special focus on the possibility of the bedrock karst aquifer feeding the lake. The Rn budget accounted for all quantifiable surface and subsurface input and output fluxes including the flux across the sediment-water interface. The total value of groundwater discharge into Green Lake and Black Lake (540 ± 160 L s1) obtained from the Rn budget is lower than, but comparable with historical data on the springs group discharge estimated in the same period of the year (800 ± 90 L s-1). Besides being an indirect test for the reliability of the Rn-budget ''tool'', it confirms that both Green and Black Lake are effectively springs and not simply ''water filled'' sinkholes. New data on the water chemistry and the groundwater fluxes into the sinkhole area of Vescovo Lakes allows the assessment of the mechanism responsible for sinkhole formation in Pontina Plain and suggests the necessity of monitoring the changes of physical and chemical parameters of groundwater below the plain in order to mitigate the associated risk

Tuccimei, P., Salvati, R., Capelli, G., DELITALA M., C., Primavera, R. (2005). Groundwater fluxes into a submerged sinkhole area, central Italy, using radon and water chemistry. APPLIED GEOCHEMISTRY, 20, 1831-1847 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2005.04.006].

Groundwater fluxes into a submerged sinkhole area, central Italy, using radon and water chemistry

CAPELLI, Giuseppe;
2005-01-01

Abstract

The groundwater contribution into Green Lake and Black Lake (Vescovo Lakes Group), two cover collapse sinkholes in Pontina Plain (Central Italy), was estimated using water chemistry and a 222Rn budget. These data can constrain the interactions between sinkholes and deep seated fluid circulation, with a special focus on the possibility of the bedrock karst aquifer feeding the lake. The Rn budget accounted for all quantifiable surface and subsurface input and output fluxes including the flux across the sediment-water interface. The total value of groundwater discharge into Green Lake and Black Lake (540 ± 160 L s1) obtained from the Rn budget is lower than, but comparable with historical data on the springs group discharge estimated in the same period of the year (800 ± 90 L s-1). Besides being an indirect test for the reliability of the Rn-budget ''tool'', it confirms that both Green and Black Lake are effectively springs and not simply ''water filled'' sinkholes. New data on the water chemistry and the groundwater fluxes into the sinkhole area of Vescovo Lakes allows the assessment of the mechanism responsible for sinkhole formation in Pontina Plain and suggests the necessity of monitoring the changes of physical and chemical parameters of groundwater below the plain in order to mitigate the associated risk
2005
Tuccimei, P., Salvati, R., Capelli, G., DELITALA M., C., Primavera, R. (2005). Groundwater fluxes into a submerged sinkhole area, central Italy, using radon and water chemistry. APPLIED GEOCHEMISTRY, 20, 1831-1847 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2005.04.006].
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