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Chapter 11 Ground Water: 

Chapter 11 Ground Water

Hydrologic Cycle: 

Hydrologic Cycle

Global Distribution of Water: 

Global Distribution of Water

Ground Water Topics: 

Ground Water Topics The Water Table Porosity and Permeability The Movement of Ground Water Aquifers

Water Table: 

Water Table

Ground Water Definitions: 

Ground Water Definitions Porosity: Volume percentage of rock that consists of voids or openings. It is a measure of the rock’s ability to hold water. Permeability: Capacity of a rock to transmit fluid through pore space and fractures. Rocks that allow water to flow easily are referred to as permeable, while those that do NOT are referred to as impermeable.

Porosity and Permeability Table: 

Porosity and Permeability Table

Water Table in quarry: 

Water Table in quarry Water Table

Perched Water Tables: 

Perched Water Tables

Causes of Ground Water Movement: 

Causes of Ground Water Movement Hydraulic head (h) = elevation + pressure Hydraulic gradient = difference in head/distance Water flows from zones of high hydraulic gradient to low hydraulic gradient! h.g. = h/L

Flow Velocity and Potential: 

Flow Velocity and Potential Flow is always perpendicular to the lines of equal potential. Potential = acceleration of gravity • hydraulic head = g • h ~ h

Groundwater Flow Velocity: 

Groundwater Flow Velocity Flow velocity is governed by Darcy’s Law Darcy’s Law states that the velocity is equal to the permeability times the hydraulic gradient, where permeability is the capacity of a porous material to transmit fluid. This gives the equivalent flow velocity through an open pipe. To correctly apply to real rocks, must divide by the porosity. Ground water velocity = perm./porosity • hydraulic gradient V = (K/n) • (h/L) where K is hydraulic conductivity (a measure of permeability) and n is porosity.

Ground Water Movement in Permeable Rock: 

Ground Water Movement in Permeable Rock Within a uniformly permeable rock, water table tends to mimic surface topography. Flow usually parallels sloping water table.


Aquifers Aquifer: body of saturated rock or sediment through which water can move easily. Examples: Sandstone, conglomerate, well-fractured limestone, bodies of sand and gravel Unconfined aquifer: water table is only partly filled. Confined aquifer: water table completely filled with water under pressure. Aquitard or aquiclude: body of rock with low permeability, which retards the flow of water across it.

Confined vs. Unconfined Aquifers: 

Confined vs. Unconfined Aquifers

Additional Ground Water Topics: 

Wells Springs and Streams Ground Water Contamination Balancing Withdrawal and Recharge Additional Ground Water Topics


Wells Well: hole drilled into the ground to access ground water. May be drilled or dug and may require pumping to bring water from depth to surface. Cone of depression: conical feature in the water table that develops through well drawdown (removal of groundwater faster than recharge). Artesian well: is one in which flow of water reaches surface without the need of pumping. Must tap into a confined aquifer.

Good vs. Poor Well: 

Good vs. Poor Well

Dry Well in Fractured Rocks: 

Dry Well in Fractured Rocks

Changes in Water Table with Rainfall: 

Changes in Water Table with Rainfall



Mississippi Alluvial Aquifer System: 

Mississippi Alluvial Aquifer System

Mississippi Alluvial Aquifer System: 

Mississippi Alluvial Aquifer System Major cone of depression with ~80 ft. decline in the equipotential surface since 1920’s DeWitt Stuttgart



Artesian Well Controls: 

Artesian Well Controls

Artesian Well: 

Artesian Well

Large Spring: 

Large Spring

Intermittent Springs/Seeps: 

Intermittent Springs/Seeps

Spring Controls and Types: 

Spring Controls and Types

Gaining vs. Losing Streams: 

Gaining vs. Losing Streams Stream type controlled by changes in the water table. Gaining stream: ground water flow into stream Losing stream: water flows into saturated zone Eventually can produce dry stream!

Sources of Ground Water Pollution: 

Sources of Ground Water Pollution Pesticides Household garbage and improperly installed or maintained septic systems Landfills Animal waste Industrial toxic waste

Animal Waste: 

Animal Waste

Industrial Toxic Waste: 

Industrial Toxic Waste

Landfill’s Impact on Ground Water Quality: 

Landfill’s Impact on Ground Water Quality

Industrial Pollution: 

Industrial Pollution

Septic Systems: 

Septic Systems

Pollution Problems Aggravated by Pumping Wells: 

Pollution Problems Aggravated by Pumping Wells

Salt Water Infiltration Animation: 

Salt Water Infiltration Animation

Effects of Ground-Water Action: 

Effects of Ground-Water Action Caves, Sinkholes, and Karst Topography Other Effects Ground subsidence Hot Water Underground Geothermal Energy  

Development of Karst in Limestone: 

Development of Karst in Limestone - Rainwater infiltration along cracks. - Reaction with limestone causing dissolution and acidification of groundwater. - Re-precipitation of dissolved calcite. - Lowering of water table. H2O + CO2 + CaCO3 = Ca++ + 2HCO3- Cave development Dripstone development

Cave structures: 

Cave structures Stalactites (roof) Stalagmites (floor) Dripstone or Speleothems are calcite deposits built by dripping ground water.

Karst Topography and Structures: 

Karst Topography and Structures Karst is well developed in NW Arkansas!

Shale concretions: 

Shale concretions



Geyser Development: 

Geyser Development

Calcite Precipitation and Formation of Travertine Terraces in Yellowstone: 

Calcite Precipitation and Formation of Travertine Terraces in Yellowstone

Geyserite Deposits: 

Geyserite Deposits Steam venting Geyserite deposits Castle Geyser, Yellowstone

Geothermal Plant: 

Geothermal Plant

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