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Volume 2017, Article ID 9568349, 11 pages
Research Article

Applying Environmental Isotope Theory to Groundwater Recharge in the Jiaozuo Mining Area, China

School of Resources and Environment Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Pinghua Huang; nc.ude.uph@1002hph

Received 29 January 2017; Revised 28 March 2017; Accepted 23 April 2017; Published 22 May 2017

Academic Editor: Nerantzis Kazakis

Copyright © 2017 Pinghua Huang and Xinyi Wang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study establishes the surface water evaporation line in theory and numerically simulates the δD and δ18O value distribution interval of the recharge source of deep groundwater in the Jiaozuo mining area. The recharge elevation is calculated based on hydrogen and oxygen isotope tracer theory. Theoretical calculation and experimental data indicate that the surface water evaporation line in the study area in theory is almost the same as the measured surface data-fitting line. A significant linear relationship is identified between δ18O and the elevation of spring outcrop. The topography increases per 100 m, and the δ18O value reduces by 0.23 on average. The δ18O value is converted into formula to calculate the groundwater recharge elevation, which is approximately from 400 to 800 m. The measured tritium values of karst groundwater are greater than 3 TU. The second factor score is a fraction distribution in shallow groundwater and negative fraction distribution in spring and deep groundwater, which indicates that the Northern Taihang Mountain is the main recharge area, where carbonate-exposed areas exist. The research conclusion holds a certain value for the flood evaluation of local coal mines.