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Maps showing ground-water conditions in the southern part of the Black Mesa area, Navajo, Apache, and Coconino Counties, Arizona, 1976

Water-Resources Investigations Report 77-41

Prepared in cooperation with the Arizona Water Commission
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Abstract

The southern part of the Black Mesa area includes about 2,500 mi2 in northeastern Arizona and is entirely in the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations. The main source of water is the ground water in the several aquifers that are made up of one or more formations. The aquifers are stacked one on the other and generally are not hydraulically connected; the composite stratigraphic column indicates the relative position of the formations. The main waterbearing units are the N and D aquifers, the Toreva and Wepo Formations, and the alluvium. The geologic structure and topographic relief preclude a uniform depth to water in the area; therefore, recommended drilling depths should be determined on an individual site basis. Ground-water development has been mainly for public, domestic, and livestock supplies, In 1975 about 500 acre-ft of ground water was withdrawn from the aquifers in the southern part of the black Mesa area; mo st of the water was from the N aquifer. In 1951-76-the period for which data were used to compile these maps-withdrawals from the N aquifer resulted in water-level declines in parts of the area . Measurable changes in water levels have not occurred in the other aquifers in the 25-year period.

The hydrologic data on which these maps are based are available, for the most part, in computer-printout form for consultation at the Arizona Water Commission, 222 North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, and at U.S. Geological Survey offices in: Federal Building, 301 West Congress Street, Tucson; Valley Center, Suite 1880, Phoenix; and 2255 North Gemini Drive, Building 3, Flagstaff. Material from which copies can be made at private expense is available at the Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff offices of the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Maps showing ground-water conditions in the southern part of the Black Mesa area, Navajo, Apache, and Coconino Counties, Arizona, 1976
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
77-41
Year Published:
1977
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
3 Plates: 44.26 x 30.87 inches or smaller
Country:
United States
State:
Arizona
County:
Apache County, Coconino County, Navajo County
Other Geospatial:
Black Mesa Area