The Hydrogeology of the Chalk of North-West Europe

Paperback | August 15, 2002

EditorR. A. Downing, M. Price, G. P. Jones

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Chalk is the most important source of fresh water in North-West Europe: more than eight million cubic metres of water are pumped daily from the aquifier. This work presents an authoritative survey of the origin, sedimentology, and hydraulic properties of this unique rock, and the chemicalcharacteristics of the water it contains. The factors influencing the flow through the chalk and its role as a hydrocarbon reservoir in the North Sea are reviewed along with the threats that industrial chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides present to the supply. The long-term implications ofpollutants in this vital resource and the continuing ignorance of the factors that control the flow of water through the rock are highlighted.

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Chalk is the most important source of fresh water in North-West Europe: more than eight million cubic metres of water are pumped daily from the aquifier. This work presents an authoritative survey of the origin, sedimentology, and hydraulic properties of this unique rock, and the chemicalcharacteristics of the water it contains. The fa...

R. A. Downing is a formerly with the British Geological Survey. M. Price is a Senior Lecturer in Hydrogeology, University of Reading. G.P. Jones is a Senior Advisor, Aspinwall and Co., and Visiting Professor in Hydrogeology, University College, London and University of Reading.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.67 inPublished:August 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198526482

ISBN - 13:9780198526483

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Table of Contents

List of contributors1. R.A. Downing, M. Price, and G.P. Jones: The making of an aquifer2. J.M. Hancock: The formation and diagenesis of chalk3. M. Price, R.A. Downing, and W.M. Edmunds: The chalk as an aquifer4. J.A. Barker: Modelling groundwater flow and transport in the chalk5. R N Mortimore: Chalk water and engineering geology6. S.S.D. Foster: The chalk aquifer - its vulnerability to pollution7. N. Crampon, J.C. Roux, and P. Bracq in collaboration with F. Delay, M. Lepiller, G. Mary, L. Rasplus, and G. Alcayde: France8. A. Dassargues and A. Monjoie: Belgium9. P. van Rooijen: The Netherlands10. E. Nygaard: Denmark11. O. Gustafsson: Sweden12. J.W. Lloyd: United Kingdom13. M. D'Heur: The chalk as a hydrocarbon reservoir14. R.A. Downing, M. Price, and G.P. Jones: An aquifer at risk

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`Review from previous edition 'The book is well written throughout and has a generally consistent style - which is a credit to the diligence of its editors. A comprehensive reference list always adds much to the academic worth of a publication for use by future workers. In this case it alsobears silent testimony to the large number of workers whose contribution to the knowledge of Chalk hydrogeolgoy is demonstrated by the large number of papers they have produced over the past thirty years.''Water and Environmental Management Journal