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Configuration and hydrology of the Pre-Cretaceous rocks underlying the southeastern Coastal Plain aquifer system

Water-Resources Investigations Report 86-4010

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Abstract

An investigation was conduced to define the configuration and hydrology of the rock surface upon which the sand aquifers and confining beds of the Southeastern Coastal Plain aquifer system were deposited. The base of the Southeastern Coastal Plain aquifer system consists of crystalline rocks, saprolite, Paleozoic rocks, Triassic sedimentary rocks (some of which are intruded by basalt), and Jurassic sedimentary rocks. The permeability of these rocks is extremely low and little exchange of water occurs upward to the overlying Cretaceous aquifers. Porosity values are in the range of 10% or less in some of the rocks, indicating little water is stored in them. The transmissivity values are extremely low, indicating very slow movement of water in these rocks. The small volume of water moving at a very slow rate has a long residence time and is usually mineralized to a greater degree than water in the more permeable overlying sediments. (Peters-PTT)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Configuration and hydrology of the Pre-Cretaceous rocks underlying the southeastern Coastal Plain aquifer system
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
86-4010
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1986
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
1 map : col. ; 35 x 60 cm., on sheet 80 x 79 cm., folded in envelope 31 x 23 cm.