Land subsidence and aquifer-system compaction in the San Jacinto Valley, Riverside County, California - A progress report

Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
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Abstract

Widespread subsidence continues in the San Jacinto structural trough as water levels continue to decline. Subsidence is due principally to the compaction of water-bearing deposits as effective stresses are increased by artesian-head decline. Other possible contributory causes of subsidence are (1) local or regional tectonic adjustments and graben downfaulting, (2) natural compaction of deep water-bearing deposits below the bottom of well casings, and (3) continuing compaction of surficial deposits due to causes other than artesian-head decline.

A careful analysis of 4 yr of correlative records of waterlevel, extensometer, and land-surface changes suggests three types of vertical ground movement occurring at the 4S/1W-21N2 recorder site near the San Jacinto reservoir site. The reservoir was drained in October 1973. Listed in descending order of magnitude these are (1) an elastic undulation of the land surface of about 0.06 ft (0.02 m) per year in close response to the roughly 50 ft (15 m) of seasonal water-level fluctuations, (2) a long-term permanent compaction of the deposits in the 0-1,237-ft (0-377-m) zone of about 0.04 ft (0.01 m) per year, and (3) a deep settlement of deposits below the 1,237-ft (377-m) extensometer anchor of 0.01-0.02 ft (0.003-0.006 m) per year, probably caused by continuing downfaulting in the graben trough. The specific compaction of the aquifer system at this site from 1970 to 1974 was about 1.3x10-2 (units of compaction per unit of increase in applied stress). The specific, expansion during this period decreased progressively from 1.29x10-3 (units of expansion per unit of stress decrease) in 1970-71 to 0.95x10-3 in 1973-74, suggesting that excess pore pressures in the slow-draining aquitards were not completely dissipated each year.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Land subsidence and aquifer-system compaction in the San Jacinto Valley, Riverside County, California - A progress report
Series title Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
Volume 4
Issue 1
Year Published 1976
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description 10 p.
First page 9
Last page 18
Country United States
State California
County Riverside County
Other Geospatial San Jacinto Valley
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