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Vincenzo Cotecchia

The huge aquifer and the marine intrusion into the fissured and karst Mesozoic limestones of Apulia (Southern Italy): recent studies and investigations by employing modern methodologies

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Abstract

Cretaceous calcareous and dolomitic rocks, bedded, jointed and karstified, and hence generally very permeable, form the basement of Apulia (Southern Italy). These rocks constitute a huge aquifer with fresh and brackish groundwaters which float on groundwaters of marine origin. Sea level constitutes the base level of the groundwaters.

In this paper an outline is first given of the geological features having a special bearing on groundwater investigations. Then the techniques used are sketched in very briefly—listed almost—, after which a succinct description is given of the results of investigations on the groundwaters of the Salentine Peninsula (south-eastern Apulia) and, in conclusion, the information available on the paleohydrogeology of the peninsula is set forth.

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Vincenzo Cotecchia, «The huge aquifer and the marine intrusion into the fissured and karst Mesozoic limestones of Apulia (Southern Italy): recent studies and investigations by employing modern methodologies», Annales de la Société géologique de Belgique [En ligne], Publications spéciales = special publications, La géologie de l'ingénieur - Centenaire de la Société géologique de Belgique, 1974, 291-312 URL : https://popups.ulg.ac.be/0037-9395/index.php?id=3661.

About: Vincenzo Cotecchia

Prof. Ing. Vincenzo Cotecchia, Director of Geotechnics and Engineering Geology Institute, Bari University, Italy.