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Geohydrology of the aquifer in the Santa Fe Group, northern West Mesa of the Mesilla Basin near Las Cruces, New Mexico

Water-Resources Investigations Report 84-4190

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Abstract

Because of the heterogeneity of the Santa Fe Group, New Mexico, the hydrologic characteristics of the aquifer vary substantially from place to place. Hydraulic conductivities of 12 and 30 feet per day were estimated from aquifer tests for two wells in the eastern one-half of the study area. Well yields in the western one-half of the study area generally are less than 5 gallons per minute. Some of the well yields in the eastern one-half of the study area are greater than 1,000 gallons per minute. Ground water flows southeastward across the western one-half of the study area at a gradient of about 50 feet per mile. Across the eastern one-half of the study area, ground water flows southeastward at a gradient of less than 5 feet per mile. Dissolved-solids concentrations in groundwater range from 906 to 1,470 milligrams per liter in the western one-half of the study area and from 378 to 556 milligrams per liter in the eastern one-half. (USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Geohydrology of the aquifer in the Santa Fe Group, northern West Mesa of the Mesilla Basin near Las Cruces, New Mexico
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
84-4190
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1985
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
v, 37 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.