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Salt intrusion Lithuania


Frequency and intensity of the invasions of sea water masses in to the Curonian Lagoon will change (1).The water rise may intensify the intrusion of salty water into the Curonian Lagoon and slowly change the ecosystems in its northern part (2).

Salt water intrusion due to sea-level rise is mostly a very slow process that may take several centuries to reach equilibrium (3). Even small rates of groundwater pumping from coastal aquifers are expected to lead to stronger salinization of the groundwater than sea-level rise during the 21st century (4).


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  1. Republic of Lithuania (2010)
  2. Zaromskis (2001), in: Dailidiené et al. (2006)
  3. Webb and Howard (2011), in: IPCC (2014)
  4. Ferguson and Gleeson (2012); Loaiciga et al. (2012), both in: IPCC (2014)

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