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HESS | Articles | Volume 23, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 139–154, 2019
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 139–154, 2019
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the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 11 Jan 2019

Research article | 11 Jan 2019

Microbial community changes induced by Managed Aquifer Recharge activities: linking hydrogeological and biological processes

Carme Barba et al.
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Managed aquifer recharge allows increasing water resources and can be used to improve water...