Buried Quaternary valleys in western Denmark-occurrence and inferred implications for groundwater resources and vulnerability

Peter B.E. Sandersen, Flemming Jørgensen

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Numerous geophysical investigations in the western part of onshore Denmark constitute the basis for a delineation of buried Quaternary valleys. The geophysical methods comprise primarily Transient ElectroMagnetic (TEM) and reflection seismic surveys, and the geophysical data have been combined with lithological data from boreholes. Buried valleys appear both as single valleys and in dense networks. The internal structure of the valleys is typically complex due to repeated erosional and depositional events. Buried valleys are common geological structures in the region and they influence the distribution of Tertiary and Quaternary sediments greatly. A large number of buried valleys in the region contain important aquifers, whose natural protection varies depending on thickness and character of overlying clay layers. Many of these aquifers are deep-seated and well protected, but because of the prevailing heterogeneity of the valley infill and the erosional incisions created by different valley generations, preferential flow paths for downward transport of contaminated water from shallow aquifers may occur.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Sider (fra-til)229-248
Antal sider20
TidsskriftJournal of Applied Geophysics
Vol/bind53
Udgave nummer4
DOI
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2003
Udgivet eksterntJa

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