The occurrence of ground water in the United States, with a discussion of principles

Water Supply Paper 489




The writer has planned and partly prepared a series of six papers on ground water in the United States. These papers are to deal with (1) occurrence, (2) origin, discharge, and quantity, (3) movement and head, (4) quality, (5) recovery and use, and (6) ground-water provinces. The present paper is the first of the series.

The writer is indebted to many colaborers for assistance in preparing this paper, especially to the following members of the United States Geological Survey: M. R. Campbell, who read the entire paper; E. W. Shaw, C. E. Van Orstrand, A. F. Melcher, and C. K. Wentworth, who examined Chapter I; W. C. Alden, who examined Chapters II and IV with special reference to their statements regarding glacial geology; E. S. Larsen, who examined a part of Chapter II; G. W. Stosfi, who examined Chapter III; T. W. Stanton, who examined Chapter IV; L. W. Stephenson, who examined the parts of Chapter IV that relate to the Coastal Plain; C. W. Cooke, who furnished many unpublished data on the geology of the Coastal Plain; Miss M. G. Wilmarth, who gave valuable help in compiling the geologic sections; D. G. Thompson and Miss Norah E. Dowell, who furnished original data on the mechanical composition and porosity of various sedimentary materials; B. H. Lane, who made valuable criticisms of the text; and Martin Solem, who had charge of the preparation of the illustrations.

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The occurrence of ground water in the United States, with a discussion of principles
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Water Supply Paper
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U.S. Government Printing Office
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Washington, DC
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Utah Water Science Center
xi, 321 p.
United States