Ground-water flow related to streamflow and water quality

Water Resources Research
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A ground-water flow system in southwestern Minnesota illustrates water movement between geologic units and between the land surface and the subsurface. The flow patterns indicate numerous zones of ground-water recharge and discharge controlled by topography, varying thicknesses of geologic units, variation in permeabilities, and the configuration of the basement rock surface. Variations in streamflow along a reach of the Yellow Medicine River agree with the subsurface flow system. Increases and decreases in runoff per square mile correspond, apparently, to ground-water discharge and recharge zones. Ground-water quality variations between calcium sulfate waters typical of the Quaternary drift and sodium chloride waters typical of the Cretaceous rocks are caused by mixing of the two water types. The zones of mixing are in agreement with ground-water flow patterns along the hydrologic section.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Ground-water flow related to streamflow and water quality
Series title Water Resources Research
DOI 10.1029/WR004i004p00769
Volume 4
Issue 4
Year Published 1968
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Contributing office(s) Minnesota Water Science Center
Description 7 p.
First page 769
Last page 775
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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