Ground-water resources investigation in the Amran Valley, Yeman Arab Republic

Open-File Report 80-774
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A program of hydrologic studies and exploratory drilling was conducted intermittently between 1974 and 1978 to evaluate the water-bearing properties of the unconsolidated alluvial sediments and associated rocks in the semi-arid Amran Valley basin, an 800-square-kilometer area in north-central Yemen Arab Republic. Inventory data from 395 wells were compiled, observation well and rain-gage networks were established and 16 standard complete chemical analyses were made for samples from selected wells. The water resources of the area were overexploited. The chemical quality of the water is generally good. Four aquifer tests were run to determine transmissivity and storage characteristics. The pumping tests show that groundwater occurs under semi-confined leaky-aquifer conditions in the valley fill. Wells drilled in the alluvial fill of the south-central part of the valley have the highest yields. Wells penetrating the limestone and volcanic rocks generally have little or no yield except in fracture zones. Basalt flows occur interbedded with the wadi alluvium at several depths. Cropping out rocks in the Amran Valley range in age from late Jurassic to Holocene. (USGS)
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Ground-water resources investigation in the Amran Valley, Yeman Arab Republic
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 80-774
DOI 10.3133/ofr80774
Edition -
Year Published 1980
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey,
Description vi, 144 p. ill., maps ;26 cm.
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