Hydrogeology of Libya

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Compilers

Dr Kirsty Upton and Brighid Ó Dochartaigh, British Geological Survey, UK

Geographical Setting

Map of Libya (For more information on the datasets used in the map see the geography resources section)

General

Estimated Population in 2013* 6,201,521
Rural Population (% of total) (2013)* 21.8%
Total Surface Area* 1,759,540 sq km
Agricultural Land (% of total area) (2012)* 8.7%
Capital City Tripoli
Region Northern Africa
Border Countries Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria, Tunisia
Annual Freshwater Withdrawal (2013)* 4,326 Million cubic metres
Annual Freshwater Withdrawal for Agriculture (2013)* 82.9%
Annual Freshwater Withdrawal for Domestic Use (2013)* 14.1%
Annual Freshwater Withdrawal for Industry (2013)* 3.1%
Rural Population with Access to Improved Water Source (2012)* n/a
Urban Population with Access to Improved Water Source (2012)* n/a

* Source: World Bank


Climate

Average monthly precipitation for Libya showing minimum and maximum (light blue), 25th and 75th percentile (blue), and median (dark blue) rainfall Average monthly temperature for Libya showing minimum and maximum (orange), 25th and 75th percentile (red), and median (black) temperature Quarterly precipitation over the period 1950-2012 Monthly precipitation (blue) over the period 2000-2012 compared with the long term monthly average (red)

For further detail on the climate datasets used see the climate resources section.

Surface water


Surface Water Map of Libya (For more information on the datasets used in the map see the surface water resources section)

Soil

Soil Map of Libya (For map key and more information on the datasets used in the map see the soil resources section)

Land cover

Land Cover Map of Libya (For map key and more information on the datasets used in the map see the land cover resources section)


Geology

The geology map shows a simplified version of the geology at a national scale. More information is available in the report UN (1988) (see References section, below).



Simplified Geology of Libya (For more information on the datasets used in the map see the the Geology resources page)

Hydrogeology

The hydrogeology map below shows a simplified version of the type and productivity of the main aquifers at a national scale (see the Hydrogeology Map resource page for more details).

More information on the hydrogeology of Libya is available in the report United Nations (1988) (see References section, below).

Libya Hydrogeology.png Hydrogeology Key.png



Transboundary aquifers

For further information about transboundary aquifers, please see the Transboundary aquifers resources page.

References

References with more information on the geology and hydrogeology of Libya can be accessed through the Africa Groundwater Literature Archive.

United Nations. 1988. Groundwater in North and West Africa: Libya. United Nations Department of Technical Cooperation for Development and Economic Commission for Africa.


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