Hydrogeochemical characterization of a shallow groundwater system in the weathered basement aquifer of Ilesha area, southwestern Nigeria

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Hydrogeochemical characterization of a weathered basement aquifer in Ilesha area, southwest Nigeria, was carried out with respect to geogenie and anthropogenic influences on the shallow groundwater system. Physico-chemical parameters revealed a pH of 6.4-8.4 and EC of 22-825 μs/cm in the urban areas compared to a pH of 7.3-10.5 and relatively higher EC of 126-1027 us/cm in the peri-urban area. The concentrations of major cations (Ca, Na, K, Mg) in the urban areas revealed relatively lower average concentrations of 28.4, 16.7, 8.4 and 5.0 mg/L, respectively, compared to 82.5, 33.4, 19.3 and 12.4 mg/L, respectively, for the peri-urban areas. The low concentrations of major cations in the urban areas can be attributed to low mineral dissolution of quartzite and muscovite quartz-schist bedrocks compared to the weathered granitic, amphibolite and biotite schist in the peri-urban areas. Hydrochemical characterization revealed two main water types; namely Ca-Mg-(Na)-HCO 3 mostly in the urban areas suggesting CO 2 -charged infiltrating recharge rainwater, and Ca-Na-(K)-SO 4 -Cl type in the peri-urban areas as products of water-rock interactions. Copyright © 2014 IAHS Press.

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Tijani, M. N., Oke, S. A., & Olowookere, A. T. (2014). Hydrogeochemical characterization of a shallow groundwater system in the weathered basement aquifer of Ilesha area, southwestern Nigeria. In IAHS-AISH Proceedings and Reports (Vol. 364, pp. 475–480). IAHS Press.

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