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Comptes Rendus Géoscience
Volume 338, n° 16
pages 1213-1218 (décembre 2006)
Doi : 10.1016/j.crte.2006.09.007
Received : 11 February 2005 ;  accepted : 7 September 2006
Delineation of groundwater zones using lithology and electric tomography in the Khartoum basin, central Sudan
Délimitation des zones aquifères du bassin de Khartoum, Soudan central, par tomographie électrique et données lithologiques

Mohammed Tahir Hussein , Hussein Salim Awad
Department of Geology, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia 

Corresponding author.

The three towns of Khartoum, Omdurman and Khartoum are located north of the capital of Sudan. This capital has agglomerated to reach more than 7 million inhabitants. The present situation is confronted with a dramatic shortage in freshwater supply. The treatment of surface water from the Nile became costly, particularly in flood season. Thus the authorities turned towards developing groundwater resources. The electric tomography, obtained by the combination of Vertical Electrical Sounding (VES) and well logs, turned out to be very efficient to provide a complete electrical image of the underground from the surface until about 200-m depth. This methodology constitutes a very cheap guide for the evaluation of the quality of groundwater resources in the Khartoum area. To cite this article: M.T. Hussein, H.S. Awad, C. R. Geoscience 338 (2006).

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Les trois villes de Khartoum, Omdurman et Khartoum nord forment conjointement la capitale du Soudan. Cette capitale comprend plus de 7 millions dʼhabitants, et est confrontée à un manque dramatique dʼalimentation en eau potable. Le traitement des eaux de surface du Nil est devenu coûteux, particulièrement à la saison des crues. Cʼest pourquoi les autorités se sont tournées vers lʼutilisation des eaux souterraines. La tomographie électrique, résultat de la combinaison des sondages électriques verticaux et des coupes de forages, sʼest révélée très efficace pour fournir une image électrique complète du sous-sol jusquʼà une profondeur dʼenviron 200 m. Cette méthode a fourni un guide utile et peu onéreux pour lʼévaluation de la qualité des ressources en eau souterraines de la région de Khartoum. Pour citer cet article : M.T. Hussein, H.S. Awad, C. R. Geoscience 338 (2006).

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Keywords : Electric tomography, Groundwater quality, Khartoum, Sudan

Mots-clés : Tomographie électrique, Qualité des eaux souterraines, Khartoum, Soudan

© 2006  Published by Elsevier Masson SAS de la part de Académie des sciences.
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