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Title

Karst Vulnerability and Water Quality in Haiti

Department

Geology Department

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

Access to rural water in Haiti remains the lowest in the Western hemisphere, with only 51% of the population having access to improved drinking water sources compared to an average of 80% for rural areas in Latin America and the Caribbean. While most rural Haitians have access to water, sources are often contaminated with bacterial indicators of fecal contamination. Over four fifths of the surface rocks in Haiti are sedimentary in origin. Abundant limestone, which has been subjected to brittle deformation and dissolution by karst processes, provides aquifers for the storage and circulation of shallow groundwater.

Conference Name

Geologic Society of America - Southeast Section Meeting

Conference Location

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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