Radiocarbon in seawater intruding into the Israeli mediterranean coastal aquifer


Journal Article

Saline groundwaters from the Israeli coastal aquifer were analyzed for their radiocarbon and tritium content to assess the rate of seawater penetration. The low 14C values (28-88 pMC versus 100-117 pMC in seawater) imply an apparent non-recent seawater source, or water-rock interactions along the penetration route. The latter process is supported by measurable tritium values at some locations, which imply a relatively rapid rate of seawater intrusion. In other locations, low tritium values (<2 T.U.) indicate that recent seawater (<50 yr) did not penetrate inland. The low δ13C values in saline groundwater (average of -5.3% versus 0% in seawater) indicate that the dissolved carbon pool is comprised of a significant fraction of organic carbon. A linear negative correlation between δ13C and 14C implies that this organic source is old (low 14C values). © 2001 by the Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of the University of Arizona.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yechieli, Y; Sivan, O; Lazar, B; Vengosh, A; Ronen, D; Herut, B

Published Date

  • January 1, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 2 PART II

Start / End Page

  • 773 - 781

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-8222

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s0033822200041448

Citation Source

  • Scopus