Nitrates in groundwater of small shallow aquifers in the western side of Hoya de Huesca (NE Spain)
Resumen: Nitrate is one of the most common groundwater contaminants in rural areas. In this work, the presence of high levels of nitrate in groundwater of the aquifers of the west part of Hoya de Huesca County (NE Spain) has been studied by coupling hydrogeological information with water sampling techniques through a wide areal sampling of 90 surface water and groundwater points belonging to several aquifers. The results showed a general hydrochemistry of calcium carbonate to calcium sulfate waters. Unlike other case studies in Mediterranean areas, in which nitrate pollution was associated with irrigated crops, the highest concentrations in the present study were found in dry farming areas in which winter cereal is grown. A monthly nitrate level monitoring, conducted in 21 selected points between 2016 and 2017, showed that the nitrate evolution pattern followed the N fertilizer application schedules in the sampling points in which the highest concentrations were recorded, whereas an annual regularity could be observed in the sampling points with low nitrate levels. The compilation of data for 16 selected points since 1990 shows that the problem is persistent and points to the need of implementing new aquifer pollution control measures, since the ones currently in force have not been successful
Idioma: Inglés
DOI: 10.3390/agronomy10010022
Año: 2020
Publicado en: AGRONOMY-BASEL 10, 1 (2020), 22 [13 pp.]
ISSN: 2073-4395

Factor impacto JCR: 3.417 (2020)
Categ. JCR: AGRONOMY rank: 16 / 91 = 0.176 (2020) - Q1 - T1
Categ. JCR: PLANT SCIENCES rank: 57 / 235 = 0.243 (2020) - Q1 - T1

Factor impacto SCIMAGO: 0.706 - Agronomy and Crop Science (Q1)

Tipo y forma: Article (Published version)
Área (Departamento): Área Química Analítica (Dpto. Química Analítica)
Área (Departamento): Area Ingeniería Agroforestal (Dpto. CC.Agrar.y Medio Natural)

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