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Recent advances in understanding the interaction of groundwater and surface water

Reviews of Geophysics

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https://doi.org/10.1029/95RG00115

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Abstract

The most common image of the interaction of groundwater and surface water is that of the interaction of streams with a contiguous alluvial aquifer. This type of system has been the focus of study for more than 100 years, from the work of Boussinesq (1877) to the present, and stream-aquifer interaction continues to be the most common topic of papers discussing the interaction of groundwater and surface water. However, groundwater and surface water interact in a wide variety of landscapes from alpine to coastal. Within these landscapes, ground-water systems range in scale from local to regional, and the types of surface water include streams, lakes, wetlands, and oceans. Given the broad spectrum of the topic of groundwater and surface water interaction, an overview of studies of this topic could be organized according to surface water type, landscape type, scale of hydrologic systems, or field and analytical methods. All these factors are discussed, but this paper is organized according to landscape type because of the great increase in studies of the interaction of groundwater and surface water in landscapes other than riverine systems in the last 15 years. Furthermore, discussing studies by landscape type facilitates comparison of methods and results from different geologic and climatic settings. The general landscapes discussed are mountain terrane, riverine systems, coastal terrane, hummocky terrane, and karst terrane.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Recent advances in understanding the interaction of groundwater and surface water
Series title:
Reviews of Geophysics
DOI:
10.1029/95RG00115
Volume:
33
Issue:
S2
Year Published:
1995
Language:
English
Publisher:
AGU
Contributing office(s):
North Dakota Water Science Center, Dakota Water Science Center
Description:
10 p.
First page:
985
Last page:
994