Hydrologic maps of Ogallala Aquifer, west-central Kansas, 1979-81

Open-File Report 82-258



A mathematical technique, called kriging, was programmed for a computer to interpolate hydrologic data based on a network of measured values in west-central Kansas. The computer program generated estimated values at the center of each 1-mile section in the Western Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 1 and facilitated contouring of selected hydrologic data that are needed in the effective management of ground water for irrigation. The kriging technique produced various maps that illustrated hydrologic conditions in the Ogallala aquifer, the principal source of water in west-central Kansas. Maps of the aquifer, which use a 3-year average, included the 1979-81 water-table altitudes, which ranged from about 2,580 to 3,720 feet; the 1979-81 saturated thicknesses, which ranged from about 0 to 250 feet; and the percentage changes in saturated thickness from 1950 to 1979-81, which ranged from about a 40-percent increase to a 100-percent decrease. A map showing errors of estimate also was provided as a measure of reliability for the 1979-81 water-table altitudes. Errors of estimate ranged from 2 to 24 feet. (USGS)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Hydrologic maps of Ogallala Aquifer, west-central Kansas, 1979-81
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 82-258
DOI 10.3133/ofr82258
Edition -
Year Published 1982
Language ENGLISH
Description 4 maps on 4 sheets :photocopy ;62 x 126 cm.