The aquifers of Cyprus
aquifers are considered to be those that are sufficiently thick
and of wide lateral extent and continuity over most of the
aquifer area. These are found in Western Mesaoria, South-eastern
Mesaoria and the Akrotiri Peninsula, and lend themselves to
regional analysis and management.
aquifers consist of pervious layers of highly variable thickness
and limited lateral extent. They are associated with the
fractured and karstic limestones of the Pentadaktylos Range, the
reef limestone, gypsum and calcareous rocks of the autochthonous
sedimentary succession surrounding the Troodos Massif as well as
the coastal plain and river deposits.
Troodos Massif was not fully studied during the UNDP project but
later work, however, has shown that the igneous formations of
Troodos have varying potentials as aquifers depending on
lithology, structure and elevation.
The development of aquifers and the presence of water in the subsurface are evidently related to the capacity of rocks to store water in their pores, joints, cavities and fractures and to transmit it to water collection works, such as wells, boreholes galleries etc.