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Alexander VANDENBOHEDE, Kristine WALRAEVENS & William DE BREUCK

Erratum: What does the interface on the fresh-saltwater distribution map of the Belgian coastal plain represent?

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Abstract

Knowing the distribution between fresh and saline groundwater is imperative for a sustainable and integrated management of water resources in coastal areas. The Belgian coastal plain forms no exception. Based on vertical electrical soundings (VES) and available geological data maps were published in 1974 and 1989 that show the depth to the interface between the freshwater and the underlying saltwater. This interface was defined as the 1.5 g/L total dissolved solids surface and interface depth was depicted using classes based on depth intervals. Recent developments in geophysical prospection make it possible to collect data with a high spatial resolution. The comparison with 1974 and 1989 maps is thereby not so straightforward as it seems. Therefore, this paper elucidates the nature of the mapped interface and its relation with salinity. The interface, as determined by VES, is the boundary between a freshwater and saltwater electrical distinct layer. The resistivity of this interface can vary between 1 and 75 Ω∙m. However, this translates in a narrow range of salinities for which 1.5 g/L represents a mean. Comparing new data with the old maps thus takes more than simply comparing the depth to a certain resistivity value.

Keywords : groundwater quality, coastal plain, geophysics, mapping, Belgium

1In the paper published in GEOLOGICA BELGICA (2015) 18/1: 31-36, the wrong figures 4 and 7 were published. Figure 4 gave an example with a smaller transition zone than described in the text and figure 7 was a different example. The correct figures are given below.

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2Figure 4. Hypothetical salinity profile and the resulting pore water and bulk resistivity as a function of depth for a range of values of F, ρm and f11.

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3Figure 7. Measured pore water resistivity and calculated TDS and bulk resistivity as a function of depth for the example. Black lines indicate the location of the interface as determined by VES.

4Manuscript received 22.09.2014, accepted in revised form 09.01.2015, available on line 27.01.2015 (see Geologica Belgica 18/1, 31-36). Erratum available on line 07.09.2015.

To cite this article

Alexander VANDENBOHEDE, Kristine WALRAEVENS & William DE BREUCK, «Erratum: What does the interface on the fresh-saltwater distribution map of the Belgian coastal plain represent?», Geologica Belgica [En ligne], volume 18 (2015), number 2-4, 160 URL : http://popups.ulg.ac.be/1374-8505/index.php?id=4993.

About: Alexander VANDENBOHEDE

Dept. Geology and Soil Sciences, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281 (S8), B-9000 Gent, Belgium, Tel: 32-9-2644652, Fax: 32-9-2644653corresponding author: avdenboh@yahoo.co.uk

About: Kristine WALRAEVENS

Dept. Geology and Soil Sciences, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281 (S8), B-9000 Gent, Belgium, Tel: 32-9-2644652, Fax: 32-9-2644653

About: William DE BREUCK

Faculty of Sciences, Ghent University, K. L. Ledeganckstraat 35, B-9000 Gent, Belgium