This potentiometric map of the Eutaw-McShan aquifer in northeastern Mississippi is the third in a series of maps, prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land and Water Resources, delineating the potentiometric surfaces of the major aquifers in Mississippi. From its outcrop area the Eutaw-McShan aquifer dips about 30 feet per mile to the west and southwest. Thickness of the aquifer commonly is between 200 and 300 feet in most of the area, and commonly about one-half this thickness consists of sand. In the outcrop area the potentiometric surface is strongly affected by recharge from precipitation, topography, and drainage of the aquifer by streams. The potentiometric surface of the aquifer slopes generally to the west away from the area of outcrop and it is strongly affected by large ground-water withdrawals at or near Tupelo, Aberdeen, and West Point. Historically, water levels in or near the outcrop of the Eutaw-McShan aquifer have shown little or no long-term changes. Withdrawals of water by wells from the downdip area have caused long-term water-level declines of 1 to 2 feet per year in much of the confined part of the aquifer. Water-level declines during recent years in several observation wells in Lee County ranged from 2 to 9 feet per year. One hydrograph in Clay County that is near the center of the depression in the potentiometric surface at West Point shows about 5 feet per year of water-level decline since 1972. (USGS)
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Potentiometric map of the Eutaw-McShan Aquifer in northeastern Mississippi, September, October, and November 1978
1 map :col. ;48 x 39 cm. on sheet 64 x 80 cm. folded in envelope 31 x 23 cm.