Movement of ground‐water

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union



The movement of water through formations having capillary openings is generally laminar and obeys Darcy's law, at least down to very low gradients. About 1000 samples tested in the laboratory of the United States Geological Survey have coefficients of permeability ranging from 0.001 to 90,000, indicating probable velocities ranging from a fraction of a foot to a few miles in a year. The Thiem field‐method gives promising results for determining permeability. Movement through sub‐capillary openings is important but poorly understood; molecular attraction of the water offers great resistance to movement or compression.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Movement of ground‐water
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/TR017i002p00478
Volume 17
Issue 2
Year Published 1936
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Description 2 p.
First page 478
Last page 479
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