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Spatial and Temporal Variations in the Geochemistry of the Brahmaputra River Water

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DOI: 10.4236/ijg.2017.85042    1,297 Downloads   1,704 Views Citations

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Spatial and temporal variation in the major ion composition of the waters in the Brahmaputra River has been measured to understand chemical weathering and the factors controlling these processes. Samples were collected from the Brahmaputra mainstream at five stations Pasighat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Guwahati and Dhubri during monsoon and post monsoon seasons. The total dissolved solids in the waters of the Brahmaputra system ranges between 62.5 and 192.5 mgl-1. The (Total dissolved solids) TDS of the Brahmaputra measured in this study are less than the values reported by earlier workers. Gibbs plot was plotted to investigate the dominant process controlling the water chemistry of the Brahmaputra. The plots of TDS vs. (Na + K)/(Ca + Na + K) and TDS vs. indicate that rock weathering is the main process controlling the chemistry of water in the Brahmaputra River. Factor analysis was done to study the factors controlling the water chemistry of the Brahmaputra.

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Handique, S. , Sharma, P. , Baruah, K. and Tripathi, J. (2017) Spatial and Temporal Variations in the Geochemistry of the Brahmaputra River Water. International Journal of Geosciences, 8, 756-765. doi: 10.4236/ijg.2017.85042.

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