1st Edition

Hydrogeology Objectives, Methods, Applications

    394 Pages 167 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Hydrogeology, the science of groundwater, requires a multidisciplinary approach involving many other sciences: surface hydrology, climatology, geology, geography, physics, chemistry, biology, and more. This book takes a broad view, considers water as a single entity, and presents many examples illustrating the variety of existing hydrogeological problems and the diverse scientific, technical, and social approaches used in resolving them. It is intended primarily for students of Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Physical Geography. It will also be useful to all players involved in water-related issues: hydrogeologists, geologists, soil scientists, agronomists, civil engineers, or developers.

    Concepts in Hydrogeology
    Definition and history of hydrogeology
    Groundwater’s place in the Earth Sciences
    Applications of hydrogeology
    Water cycles
    The infiltration of water below ground and the concept of an aquifer
    Porous aquifers and groundwater circulation
    Fractured aquifers
    Karst aquifers
    Island and coastal aquifers
    Thermomineral water and geothermal energy
    Water quality

    Tools and Methods of Hydrogeology
    Preliminary documentation
    The study of the geometry of aquifers
    Characterizing aquifers
    Hydrogeologic syntheses and budgets
    Diviners and divining

    Water Resources
    Water needs and their evolution
    The exploitation of aquifers
    Protection of aquifers
    Management of aquifers
    Examples of the search for drinking water

    Hydrogeology in Civil Engineering
    Water and construction
    Mass wasting
    Underground construction
    Dams and reservoirs
    Underground storage



    Gilli, Éric; Mangan, Christian; Mudry, Jacques