H. B. Simmons


The basic sources of salt-water pollution are the ocean, industry, and the soil. The ocean is responsible for the intrusion of salt water into rivers, canals, and lakes, and for infiltration of sea water into aquifiers which are tapped by wells. Industry causes salt-water pollution by discharging the brine of mines, oil wells, tanneries, and other industrial wastes into rivers and lakes. The soil is a source of salt-water pollution because of the run-off from chloride-bearing soils and the solution of soluble rocks. The most common and important source of salt-water pollution is the ocean, and is the only source considered in this paper.


salt-water intrusion; salt-water wedge; water supply

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