PHYSICO-CHEMICAL ASSESSMENT OF RIVER CHENAB, JAMMU AND KASHMIR
D. I. Baba, K. K. Sharma and Shvetambri*
The present study assesses some physico-chemical parameters of the mighty river Chenab which is a major river of India. It originates in the upper Himalayas in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, India, and flows through the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir into the plains of Pakistan. The present study revealed that the range of some physico-chemical parameters were 3-36.50C (air temperature), 1-20 0C (water temperature), 3- 152cms (transparency), 7.3-8.8 (pH), 4.4-14.8 mg/cl (DO), 1- 6 mg/lt (free carbon dioxide),1-6 mg/lt
(carbonates), 24-169 mg/lt (bicarbonates) and 21-169 mg/lt (Chlorides), 3.8-36.09mg/lt (calcium) and 2.6-16.03 mg/lt (magnesium). The physico-chemical characteristics of river Chenab at different stations indicate that the river doesn't exhibit any deteriorating (nutrient pollution) trend as yet.
Keywords: Chenab, Physico-chemical, Nutrient pollution.
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