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Redhaounia B.,Water Researches and Technologies Center Borj Cedria | Ilondo B.O.,Advanced Geosciences Europe Spain | Gabtni H.,Water Researches and Technologies Center Borj Cedria | Sami K.,Water Researches and Technologies Center Borj Cedria | And 2 more authors.
Pure and Applied Geophysics | Year: 2016

The Amdoun region is characterized by a high degree of karstification due to the climate impact (±1500 mm year−1) and the development of fracture network. Survey using electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) is deployed to provide a cost-effective characterization of the subsurface karst environments. A total of seven ERT profiles with lengths of 315 m were evaluated at the Béja governorate (NW Tunisia). The area represents a small syncline of Boudabbous limestone rocks (Lower Eocene), which is covered by a thin layer of clay. In this study, an ERT survey was conducted to examine the spatial distribution and shape of underground cavities in the karst area in Jebel Sabah anticline and Aïn Sallem-Zahret Medien syncline. In this study, geological, hydro-geological and electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) methods were applied to determine the geometry of the perched aquifer in the Amdoun region (NW Tunisia). The area is characterized by fractured and karstic limestone aquifer of Late Cretaceous (Abiod Fm.) and Lower Eocene (Boudabbous Fm.). The aquifers have a karstic functioning and drain aquifers of economical interest, despite some wells exploiting them. Seven resistivity profiles were conducted along the survey area at three sites. The orientation, extension and the degree of inclination of those profiles are shown in the location map. The correct resistivity data were interpreted using Earth Imager 2D software. The results of the interpreted geo-electrical sections showed that the resistivity of the carbonate aquifer varied between 2.5 to over 5794 Ωm. The thickness of the perched aquifer ranged from 15 to 50 m, while its depth from the surface lies between 10 and 60 m. The ERT not only provided precise near surface information, but was also very useful for establishing the 3D geometry and the position of several potential cavities and karts. The results show the presence of small to large isolated cavities at various depths. The low resistivity of cavities in the Boudabbous Formation has been explained by the groundwater saturation. The ERT technique could be effectively used for 3D detection of underground limestone cavities. © 2015, Springer Basel.

Redhaounia B.,Water Researches and Technologies Center Borj Cedria | Aktarakci H.,Advanced Geosciences Europe | Ilondo B.O.,Advanced Geosciences Europe | Gabtni H.,Water Researches and Technologies Center Borj Cedria | And 3 more authors.
Journal of African Earth Sciences | Year: 2015

Groundwater from fractures and karst in limestone rocks is an important source of drinking water in the semi-arid climatic environment of North-Western Tunisia where cool and rainy seasons alternate with hot dry seasons. Due to varying climatic conditions and anthropogenic interventions the fractured limestone aquifer systems (Abiod and Boudabbous/El Gueria Formations) tend to be complex.The lack of data on the fractured and karstified aquifers in Amdoun region (NW Tunisia) to establish the hydrogeological potential between different rock formations of Upper Cretaceous and Lower Eocene has often discouraged researchers from attempting to model such aquifers. On the SE flank of the Jebel Sabbah anticline, Electrical Resistivity Tomography Data were collected along three different lines of 315 m of length each. The expected vertical penetration depth was 60 m.This hydro-geophysical investigation consisting of geological, structural, and geo-morphological studies, has demonstrated that groundwater in the carbonate rocks, in Amdoun area, occur in fracture zones and weathered parts of the rocks in the karst aquifers.The hydrochemical data (major ion geochemistry) indicate that these groundwaters are characterized by the dominance a Ca-Mg-HCO3 water type. Geochemical pattern is mainly controlled by the dissolution of carbonate minerals. Generally, TDS increases from the Amdoun Monts towards the discharge area (53 < TDS<332 mg l-1). These results are assessed using numerous geophysical data such as ERT imaging and geological knowledge. Finally, we show how these results could be used to improve the management of karst groundwater resources in Amdoun (NW Tunisia) complex terrain. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Redhaounia B.,Water Researches and Technologies Center Borj Cedria | Bedir M.,Water Researches and Technologies Center Borj Cedria | Gabtni H.,Water Researches and Technologies Center Borj Cedria | Batobo O.I.,Advanced Geosciences Europe | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Applied Geophysics | Year: 2016

This study has led to the identification of the Upper Cretaceous and Lower Eocene (Abiod, Boudabbous/El Gueria Formations) fractured and karstic aquifers in the Amdoun region (Northwestern Tunisia). Geological information (litho-stratigraphy and fractures network study) and geophysical (gravity, wells analysis, seismic reflection, Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT)) investigations performed in the area have highlighted, with some detail, images of structures of carbonate aquifers near anticline flanks and along perched synclines. Some factors such as fracture intensity, karsts evolution and structural position have an important influence on the hydrologic productivity of Abiod and Boudabbous/El Gueria reservoirs. Different methodologies were used to characterize the geological and hydro-geological perched aquifers and produce the 3D geo-electrical model of near surface karstic features and cavities of the carbonate limestone in the Aïn Sallem site. This study integrates the geological and geophysical information available and can serve as a representative example in the description of the most important hydraulic reserves in the North-western Tunisia. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.

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