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Ground Water g110. Lecture prepared by Bob Hall Revised 8/6/2000. Points to Be Covered on Ground Water. How is ground water formed? What are the zones of subsurface water and their characteristics? What is a water table, and how is it configured in humid vs arid climates?

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ground water g110

Ground Waterg110

Lecture prepared by Bob Hall

Revised 8/6/2000

points to be covered on ground water
Points to Be Covered on Ground Water
  • How is ground water formed?
  • What are the zones of subsurface water and their characteristics?
  • What is a water table, and how is it configured in humid vs arid climates?
  • How does ground water move? What is porosity? permeability? Primary vs seondary p and p?
points to be covered cont
Points to Be Covered (cont.)
  • What is an aquifer, and what kinds are there?
  • Be able to discuss the use of wells in ground water, including potential problems.
  • What is karst topography?
origin of ground water
Origin of Ground Water
  • When precipitation falls on the land surface, what happens to it?
    • Evaporates and/or is transpired back to atmosphere
    • runs over land surface
    • infiltrates the land surface

and

    • percolates downward

and

    • becomes ground water
zones of subsurface water
Zone of Aeration

pores filled with both air and water

Water held against gravity by surface tension

Soil water

Zone of Saturation

pores filled only with water

Water drained through soil under influence of gravity.

Ground Water

Zones of Subsurface Water
what is the configuration of the water table
What is the configuration of the water table?

Humid Area

Arid Area

R = Recharge Area

R = Recharge area

how does ground water move
Porosity: % by volume of an earth material that is pore space.

Primary porosity depends upon:

- shape of grains

- arrangement of grains

- size distribution

- compaction/cement’n

Permeability: ability of an earth material to transmit water

Depends upon

- porosity

- degree and size of interconnecting pores between larger pores

How does ground water move?
what is secondary porosity and permeability
What is secondary porosity and permeability?
  • Secondary porosity developed after the material was formed . Depends upon:
  • Primary porosity and permeability were created by the same processes that formed the material.

- degree of fracturing

- amount of solution (for limestone)

what are some typical values of porosity and permeability
What are some typical values of porosity and permeability?
  • Porosity

clay 45-55 %

sand 30-40

sandstone 10-20

shale 1-2

limestone 1-10 (or larger)

  • Permeability: varies over several orders of magnitude. Expressed as a rate, e.g. ft/day
what is darcy s law
What is Darcy’s Law?

An explanation of the factors determining the rate (velocity) of ground water flow.

V = K (h/l) where K = coefficient of

permeability

dh/dl = hydraulic gradient

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Configuration of Water Table

in a humid climate

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how does the geology control the existence of ground water
How does the geology control the existence of ground water?
  • What is an aquifer?

A permeable, water-containing unit.

- Water enters from recharge.

- Temporarily stored.

- Leaves by flow to streams (baseflow) or springs, or to wells

what is an unconfined aquifer
What is an unconfined aquifer?
  • They are not sealed

off at any point.

  • Recharge can occur

anywhere.

  • Water at w.table

under atm pressure.

  • Must pump.
what is a confined or artesian aquifer
What is a confined (or artesian) aquifer?
  • Sealed off
  • Transmits water

down from R.A.

  • Water confined in

aquifer unless

drilled.

- Water under hydrostatic

pressure.

- Water rises; well may

flow.

what is a cone of depression
What is a cone of depression?
  • Steepens local hydraulic gradient, increases flow rate.
  • Created by drawing down water table by pumping a well.
  • Overdraft occurs where pumping is too rapid, well goes dry.
what are some other problems associated with the use of wells
What are some other problems associated with the use of wells?
  • Lack of filtering in karst regions.
  • Limited amounts of g.w. in some rock types.
  • Subsidence
  • Salt-water invasion.
how do springs occur
How do springs occur?

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  • Lateral diversion of flow
  • Perching
  • Fracture zones
what is karst topography
What is karst topography?
  • Topography with features relating to underground solution.
  • Collapse may also be involved.
  • Surface waters diverted underground.
  • Features: sinkholes, sinking streams, rises, caves.
terms used in the study of ground water
Cone of depression

Confined aquifer

Darcy’s Law

Ground water

Karst

Permeability

Porosity

Secondary p & p

Sinkhole

Soil moisture

Spring

Unconfined aquifer

Water table

Zone of aeration

Zone of saturation

Terms Used in the Study of Ground Water
student responsibilities on groundwater

Student Responsibilities on Groundwater

Know how groundwater occurs and moves.

Know the factors that determine the direction and rate of movement.

Know how we can use groundwater safely, as well as the dangers of using it unwisely.

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