Quantitative estimations of aquifer properties from resistivity in the Bolivian highlands

Etzar Gomez Lopez, Viktor Broman, Torleif Dahlin, Gerhard Barmen, Jan-Erik Rosberg

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Resistivity data constitute the largest part of the available information to assess the hydrogeological characteristics of the aquifer system near Oruro, in the central part of the Bolivian Altiplano. Two aquifers are part of this system; top unconsolidated sediments storing fresh water in their granular voids, overlying fractured hard rock formations where saline water was detected in connection to some faults. This study proposes an indirect and cost-effective way to estimate aquifer hydraulic properties for the groundwater management in the region. Hydraulic conductivity and transmissivity in the top aquifer were estimated using an empirical linear relationship between hydraulic conductivity and resistivity. This latter parameter, as well as the aquifer thickness, were obtained from the inverted models corresponding to the geoelectrical tests performed in the study area (electrical resistivity tomography, transient electromagnetic soundings and vertical electrical soundings). The highest estimated transmissivity values are ∼4.0 × 10−2 m2/s located in the centre of the study area, the lowest values are ∼3.4 × 10−3 m2/s, located around thermal intrusions to the south and where the top of the bedrock is shallow (∼20 m depth) to the west. The methodology presented in this study makes wider use of resistivity measurements to identify promising groundwater production sites.
Sidor (från-till)113-124
Antal sidor12
TidskriftH2Open Journal
StatusPublished - 2019 maj 8

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