Preliminary survey of the saline-water resources of the United States

Water Supply Paper 1374

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    • Plate 1 (pdf) Map of the United States showing principal surface-water drainage basins and areas of observed saline surface water
    • Plate 2 (pdf) Map showing ground-water regions of the United States and location of wells for which data are given in Tables 4-7
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Basic hydrologic data available in the field offices of the U. S. Geological Survey and reports issued by the Survey furnish evidence that saline water (defined in this report as water containing more than 1,000 parts per million of dissolved solids) is available under diverse geologic and hydrologic conditions throughout the United States.

The number of areas in which undeveloped supplies of fresh water are available has diminished considerably with the rapid growth of industries and population in the past decade. Many areas previously considered to have relatively unlimited water resources have reached the point at which water-supply shortages exist or are threatened.

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Preliminary survey of the saline-water resources of the United States
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Water Supply Paper
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U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location:
Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s):
Utah Water Science Center
Report: iv, 171 p.; 2 Plates: 26.51 x 17.00 inches and 26.94 x 17.28 inches
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Subtitle: A discussion of salinity and a compilation of measurements and chemical analyses of saline ground and surf ace waters, with an emphasis on their geographic and geologic distribution
United States