Permeability mutation mechanism of hydrogeochemical conditions in sea and freshwater transitional zone

Jiaguo Ren1, Qianqian Wu1, Puchuang Gao1, Xing Wang1, Ke Gong1, Dongsheng Wang2, Tongqian Jia1, Xixi Ren1

1 College of Earth Science and Engineering, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266590, China
2 Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China


Taking the sandy aquifer intruded by seawater in the lower reaches of Dagu River as the research object, the samples of underground freshwater, seawater and aquifer media were collected, and their composition and properties were determined. The seepage device was used to simulate the displacement process of seawater and freshwater. The relationship between permeability change of aquifer and hydrologic-geochemical action was studied. The mechanism of water sensitivity was explained by a hydrologic-geochemical process for the first time. The results show that the exchange and migration of multi-component ions occur in the process of mutual displacement of saline and freshwater, accompanied by clay release and complex hydrologic-geochemical processes. The reason for clay release is not the enhancement of diffusion and dispersion, but the enhancement of clay expansion and diffusion by hydrologic-geochemical action, which results in the decrease of permeability of the aquifer.


hydrologic-geochemistry; permeability; sea and freshwater displacement; water sensitivity

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