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Hydrology of the Albemarle-Pamlico region, North Carolina : A preliminary report on the impact of agricultural developments

Water-Resources Investigations Report 75-9

Prepared in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Economic Resources
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Abstract

Extensive agricultural land clearing and drainage operations underway in a 650 square mile part of the Albemarle-Pamlico region--a 1,634 square mile peninsula in North Carolina lying between Albemarle Sound on the North and the Pamlico River on the south--are changing the hydrology of the area.

The artificial drainage system being constructed in the region, although it will probably result in only a slight modification of the natural annual evapotranspiration, overland runoff, and ground-water discharge, will likely result in several important problems.

First, changes in the water quality of the sounds and estuaries resulting from the rapid runoff of storm waters may prove harmful to the fishery resources. Second, lowering of the water table may cause relatively rapid subsidence of the land surface in an irregular pattern in the extensive areas underlain by thick peat deposits as a result of biochemical oxidation, peat fires, and wind.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Hydrology of the Albemarle-Pamlico region, North Carolina : A preliminary report on the impact of agricultural developments
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
75-9
Year Published:
1975
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Raleigh, NC
Description:
vi, 98 p.
Country:
United States
State:
North Carolina
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N