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Hydrogeology of the Gatlinburg area, Tennessee

Open-File Report 79-1167

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Abstract

A study of ground-water availability in the Gatlinburg area, Tenn., was undertaken to improve concepts of ground-water occurrence in the Blue Ridge and demonstrate that ground water is present in sufficient quantities to provide an alternative to surface water as a source of supply. Of 25 test wells, 8 produced between 50 and 116 gallons per minute. The Gatlinburg area, located on the northern flank of the Great Smoky Mountains , is underlain by fractured, variably metamorphosed, sedimentary rocks. The most effective criteria for choosing well sites were valley areas with 7 percent or less land slope, presence of fracture traces, and deep overburden. Mapped faults were not a good indicator of ground-water occurrence. The largest amounts of ground water occur in irregularly shaped zones of deep and intense weathering in the rocks underlying broad, fracture-controlled valleys. Permeable zones along fractures at depths of 170 feet or less supply most of the water. (USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Hydrogeology of the Gatlinburg area, Tennessee
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
79-1167
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1979
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
vii, 76 p., 9 over-size sheets :ill., maps (some fold.) ;27 cm.