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HESS | Articles | Volume 23, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1431-1451, 2019
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1431-1451, 2019
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the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 14 Mar 2019

Research article | 14 Mar 2019

Groundwater salinity variation in Upazila Assasuni (southwestern Bangladesh), as steered by surface clay layer thickness, relative elevation and present-day land use

Floris Loys Naus et al.
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In this paper, we postulate a possible evolution of the groundwater salinity around a village in southwestern Bangladesh, based on high-density fieldwork. We identified that the thickness of the surface clay layer, the surface elevation and the present-day land use determine whether fresh or saline groundwater has formed. The outcomes show how the large groundwater salinity variation in southwestern Bangladesh can be understood, which is valuable for the water management in the region.
In this paper, we postulate a possible evolution of the groundwater salinity around a village in...