Using environmental isotopes to investigate the groundwater recharge mechanisms and dynamics in the North-eastern Basin, Palestine

Saed Khayat*, Amer Marei, Dorothee Hippler, Zaher Barghouthi, Martin Dietzel

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This study aims to differentiate the potential recharge areas and flow mechanisms in the North-eastern Basin, Palestine. The results differentiate the recharge into three main groups. The first is related to springs and some of the deep wells close to the Anabta Anticline, through the Upper Aquifer (Turonian) formation, with depleted δ18O and δ2H. The second is through the Upper Cenomanian formation surrounding the Rujeib Monocline in the southeast, where the lineament of the Faria Fault plays an important role, with relatively enriched δ13CDIC values of about −4‰ (VPDB). The third is the Jenin Sub-series, which shows higher δ13CDIC values, with enriched δ18O and δ2H and more saline content. The deep wells from the Nablus area in the south of the basin indicate low δ13CDIC values due to their proximity to freshwater infiltrating faults. The deep wells located to the northwest of the basin have δ13CDIC values from −8 to −9‰ (VPDB), with enriched δ18O signatures, indicating slow recharge through thick soil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-596
Number of pages14
JournalHydrological Sciences Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2020


  • evaporite
  • flow system
  • isotope hydrology
  • North-eastern Basin
  • recharge mechanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology

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