IANIGLA   20881
INSTITUTO ARGENTINO DE NIVOLOGIA, GLACIOLOGIA Y CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
artículos
Título:
Ionic and stable isotope chemistry as indicators of water sources to the Mendoza river basin, Central Andes of Argentina
Autor/es:
GOMEZ LAURA; CARA LEANDRO; ARANIBAR JULIETA; BRUETSCH SABINA; CRESPO SEBASTIAN; SCHWIKOWSKI MARGIT; VILLALBA RICARDO
Revista:
HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES JOURNAL-JOURNAL DES SCIENCES HYDROLOGIQUES
Editorial:
IAHS PRESS
Referencias:
Lugar: Wallingford; Año: 2016 vol. 62 p. 588 - 588
ISSN:
0262-6667
Resumen:
Mendoza river is mainly dependent on the melting of snow and ice in the upper Andes. Since predicted changes in climate would modify snow accumulation and glacial melting, it is important to understand the relative contribution of each water source to river discharge. The two main mountain ranges in the basin, Cordillera Principal and Cordillera Frontal, present differences in geology and receive diverse proportions of precipitation from Atlantic and Pacific moisture sources. We propose that differences in the origin of precipitation, geology, and sediment contact times across the basin generate ionic and stable isotopic signatures to the water, allowing the differentiation of water sources. Waters from Cordillera Principal had higher salinity and were isotopically depleted than those from Cordillera Frontal. Stable isotope composition and salinity differed among different water sources. The chemical temporal evolution of rivers and streams indicated changes in the relative contribution of different sources, pointing to the importance of glacier melting and groundwater to the river discharge
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