Karstbase Bibliography Database

Jones, William K.
White, William B.; Culver, David C.
Water tracing in karst aquifers
Encyclopedia of Caves

Water tracer tests are usually conducted to establish the hydrologic connections between two or more points. The tracer is an identifiable label or marker added to flowing water that establishes the links between the injection point of the tracer and the monitoring points where the tracer reappears. Fluorescent dyes are the most commonly used tracers in karst aquifers, but a wide range of substances has been used successfully. The experimental design of a tracer test may be qualitative to simply establish if a hydrologic connection exists between two points, or quantitative to measure the time-concentration series (breakthrough curve) generated by the recovery of the tracer. Water tracer tests usually work well in karst areas because of the fast groundwater flow rates and the prevalence of flow paths restricted to discrete conduits.

water tracing; fluorescent dyes; karst aquifers; sinking streams
Jones, William K., 2012, Water tracing in karst aquifers , 887 - 897 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780123838322001286, PDF