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Ground-water levels in intermontane basins of the northern Rocky Mountains, Montana and Idaho

Hydrologic Atlas 738-B

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Abstract

The Regional Aquifer-System Analysis (RASA) program is a series of studies by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to analyze regional ground-water systems that compose a major portion of the Nation's water supply (Sun, 1986). The Northern Rocky Mountains Intermontane Basins is one of the study regions in this national program. The main objectives of the RASA studies are to (1) describe the groundwater systems as they exist today, (2) analyze the known changes that have led to the systems present condition, (3) combine results of previous studies in a regional analysis, where possible, and (4) provide means by which effects of future ground-water development can be estimated.
The purpose of this study, which began in 1990, was to increase understanding of the hydrogeology of the intermontane basins of the Northern Rocky Mountains area. This report is Chapter B of a three-part series and shows the general distribution of ground-water levels in basin-fill deposits in the study area. Chapter A (Tuck and others, 1996) describes the geologic history and generalized hydrogeologic units. Chapter C (Clark and Dutton, 1996) describes the quality of ground and surface waters in the study area.
Ground-water levels shown in this report were measured primarily during summer 1991 and summer 1992; however, historical water levels were used for areas where more recent data could not be obtained. The information provided allows for the evaluation of general directions of ground-water flow, identification of recharge and discharge areas, and determination of hydraulic gradients within basin-fill deposits.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Ground-water levels in intermontane basins of the northern Rocky Mountains, Montana and Idaho
Series title:
Hydrologic Atlas
Series number:
738
Chapter:
B
ISBN:
0607861479
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1996
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
1 map :col ;86 x 65 cm., on sheet 101 x 94 cm., folded in envelope 30 x 24 cm.
Scale:
750000
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N