Hydrologic maps of the High Plains aquifer, January 1981, southwestern Kansas

Water-Resources Investigations Report 82-4079



The U.S. Geological Survey furnishes maps depicting saturated thickness of the High Plains aquifer to the Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 3 through a continuing cooperative agreement.  The Groundwater Management District uses the maps to calculated a planned depletion rate of 40 percent of the saturated thickness of the aquifer in 25 years for a 13-county area.  Because the information contained on the maps is used in management decisions, the Groundwater Management District is concerned with the accuracy, reliability, and consistency of the hydrologic information that the maps show.

A mathematical technique, called kriging, has been used in the form of a computer program to interpolate hydrologic data based on a network of measured values (Karlinger and Skrivan, 1980).  The technique has been applied to geohydrologic data in west-central Kansas with good results (Dunlap and Spinazola, 1981).  The program calculates the values at the center of each 1-mile section in a predefined region and facilitates contouring of selected values.  The kriging technique was used to produce the hydrologic maps in this report.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Hydrologic maps of the High Plains aquifer, January 1981, southwestern Kansas
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 82-4079
DOI 10.3133/wri824079
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Kansas Water Science Center
Description 8 Plates: 48.09 x 29.14 inches or smaller
Country United States
State Kansas
Scale 250000
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