Suggestions as to future research in ground‐water hydrology

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union



Determination of the ground‐water supply available from any aquifer or in any specified area requires not merely the application of specific quantitative methods but also a broad and accurate knowledge of the geologic, hydrologlc, and geochemical factors that are involved, and consideration of the economic and legal limitations. Further research is needed as to geologic texture and structure in relation to the occurrence and movement of the water; the precise nature of specific yield, which determines the effective storage capacities of the aquifers; the molecular physics involved in the downward and upward movement of water in the zone of aeration, and quantitative evaluation of ground‐water recharge and discharge; the hydraulics of ground water, as studied by pumping test methods, with special reference to boundary conditions; studies of perennial yield of aquifers of low permeability; the genesis of the mineral contents of ground water as determined through appropriate geologic, hydrologlc, and chemical studies; and methods of geophysical exploration and well logging for determining the occurrence of ground water. Serious study is also needed as to practicable methods of implementing the recently developed principles and methods of ground‐water hydrology in the production of water supplies and the economic and legal problems involved.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Suggestions as to future research in ground‐water hydrology
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/TR028i003p00418
Volume 28
Issue 3
Year Published 1947
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Description 3 p.
First page 418
Last page 420
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