Hydro-Geochemical Plots: An Efficient Tool for the Elucidation of Groundwater Chemistry

Authors : P. S. Ganvir

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 2 - February

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7645241

The interpretation of the groundwater chemistry is an utmost vital procedure in any of the groundwater contamination study. The generation of the groundwater chemistry data inform of major ions and its interpretation are an utterly two diverse dealings. The generated groundwater chemistry data seems insignificant without the appropriate interpretation. To depict a comprehensive picture of the groundwater chemistry and to understand the liable dynamics,the hydro-geochemical plots are the usual tools to be engaged with. The Stiff’s, Piper, Chadha’s and Gibbs plots are the utmost encouraging tools for the hydrogeochemical interpretation; of them the Piper plot have versatile implications.Before subjecting the generated groundwater chemistry data to the interpretation procedures by the various plots, methodical operations over the data are required to be done. These operations includesion balancing and conversations to mEq./l from mg/l.Only the furnished data are worthy enough to be subjected into different plots and to achieve the resourceful yields. In an entire investigation, the Piper plot was found to be most promising hydro-geochemical interpretation tool, generating an inclusive depiction of nearly all facets of the groundwater chemistry, along with the influence of the associated geology. However, the subsidiary part of other plots cannot be neglected in full and are of minor implication.

Keywords : Stiff’s diagram,Piper diagram, Chadha’s diagram, Gibbs diagram, Hydro-geochemistry, Hydrogeochemical facies


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