Ground‐water recharge in areas of deep water‐table in the Great Plains

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union



It is unanimously agreed, I think, that of the water which falls upon the Earth's surface, a part runs off toward the sea, a part is at least temporarily detained, a part of it evaporates, and a part sinks beneath the ground‐surface. But among students of that water which sinks beneath the Earth's surface, complete agreement as to the course it then takes has not always prevailed. Ground‐water hydrologists have assumed that water can and does reach the water‐table by descending through a great thickness of subsoil in the semi‐arid upland divides of the Great Plains. But many students of soil‐moisture and its use by vegetation in the Great Plains have concluded from their soil‐moisture sampling that water does not descend to the water‐table where the depth to the water‐table is great. Thus Cole and Mathews state in Technical Bulletin 637 of the United States Department of Agriculture, page 69, that “It can be safely said, however, that on the short‐grass land of the Great Plains there is no penetration of upland surface‐water to the water‐table.”

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Ground‐water recharge in areas of deep water‐table in the Great Plains
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/TR021i002p00570
Volume 21
Issue 2
Year Published 1940
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Description 5 p.
First page 570
Last page 574
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Box Butte County, Keith County
Other Geospatial Great Plains
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