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Geophysical and Hydrogeological Studies of Al-Foah Area, North Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Sameh Yahyia Ali Suleiman

Titre : Geophysical and Hydrogeological Studies of Al-Foah Area, North Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Auteur : Sameh Yahyia Ali Suleiman

Université de soutenance : United Arab Emirates University

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2007

Résumé
Groundwater constitutes an important water resource in United Arab Emirates. AI Ain area. where the study area is located. has experienced a rapid urbanization of the last few. decade . Because of it fertile land. AI Ain area is considered the main focal point for agricultural activities which in turn depend on the groundwater of the Quaternary aquifer and fractured lime tone aquifer of Simsima Formation. Despite the severe shortage in the natural water resource, the per capita water consumption in the UAE is among the highest rates of the world. Al-Foah area (previously AI Oha) located to the north of AI Ain city . This area regarded a one of the cultivated area in Abu Dhabi Emirate. Most of the water demand for domestic and agriculture purpose in this area is met by groundwater. Due to the expansion in the development activities and population growth. the groundwater is excessively over pumping. Groundwater levels dropped dramatically and salinity increased. Moreover using of chemical fertilizer pesticides and herbicides for agriculture purposes are enhancing the contamination of the existing aquifers via infiltration through the permeable loose sand soil and fractures. This study is devoted to the investigation of the water potentiality and quality at Al-Foha area. It defines the hydrogeological parameters of AI-Foah using different techniques. To the end, detailed geophysicaL hydrogeological and hydrochemical investigations were conducted. To achieve this aim, previous studies were reviewed, The required information and data about geology, hydrogeology. and climatology hydrochemistry and geoelectric investigations were collected. In the hydrogeological aspects of this study. the prevailing climatic conditions in AI Ain area including temperature. rainfall. humidity. evaporation. and aridity are outlined. The groundwater bearing formations encompassing the Quaternary aquifer and Jabal AI aha fractured limestone aquifer are presented. Few cross sections were deduced for AI Oha area.

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