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Chapter 14: Groundwater. Chapter 14.1 Water in the Ground – a.k.a groundwater – water stored in the ground.

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1 Chapter 14: Groundwater

2 Chapter 14.1

3 Water in the Ground – a.k.a groundwater – water stored in the ground

4 Porosity – the percent or a materials volume that is pore space Factors that effect porosity Roundness – the rounder the material the more porosity Sorting – round materials that are of the same size leaves larger pore spaces Pebbles alone have more pore space than a sand and pebble mix

5 Permeability – rate at which liquids pass through the pore space Factors that effect permeability Factors that effect permeability Larger the grain the more pore spaceLarger the grain the more pore space Pebbles more pore space than silt or clay – small and lay flat clay is impermeable Pebbles more pore space than silt or clay – small and lay flat clay is impermeable Cracks (fissures) in rockCracks (fissures) in rock Granite is nonporous however if cracks develop water can pass through Granite is nonporous however if cracks develop water can pass through

6 The Water Table Water will travel down through the ground until it hits an impermeable layer (shale) Water will travel down through the ground until it hits an impermeable layer (shale) It will then be stored in the permeable rock above (sandstone) It will then be stored in the permeable rock above (sandstone) The surface (top) of the zone saturated rock is the water table The surface (top) of the zone saturated rock is the water table Zone of aeration is above the water table Zone of aeration is above the water table

7 Capillary fringe (water rises because the water molecules are attacked to soil particle) occurs between the zone of saturation into the zone of aeration Capillary fringe (water rises because the water molecules are attacked to soil particle) occurs between the zone of saturation into the zone of aeration Water table depth is effected by rainfall, time between rains, seasons slope of ground thickness of soil Water table depth is effected by rainfall, time between rains, seasons slope of ground thickness of soil Humid areasHumid areas At surface At surface DesertsDeserts Hundreds of meters below surface Hundreds of meters below surface

8 Ordinary Wells and Springs Ordinary well – drilled by people – contained water up to the level of the water table Ordinary well – drilled by people – contained water up to the level of the water table They must reach below the lowest level to which the water table is likely to fallThey must reach below the lowest level to which the water table is likely to fall Spring – occurs where a hillside meets the water table Spring – occurs where a hillside meets the water table

9 Artesian Formations A permeable layer of rock surrounded by two impermeable layers trapping the waterA permeable layer of rock surrounded by two impermeable layers trapping the water Layers are exposed in the mountains and the permeable layer may transport the water 100’s of miles (aquifer) Layers are exposed in the mountains and the permeable layer may transport the water 100’s of miles (aquifer) Impermeable layer is usually shale (cap rock) Impermeable layer is usually shale (cap rock) On artesian wells water may come to surface on its own due to pressure (picture p. 304) On artesian wells water may come to surface on its own due to pressure (picture p. 304)

10 Heated Groundwater Hot springs – evidence of sub surface heat due to great depth or magma Hot springs – evidence of sub surface heat due to great depth or magma Mud pots – sticky sputtering hot springs Mud pots – sticky sputtering hot springs Geyser – a hot spring that will shoot columns of water Geyser – a hot spring that will shoot columns of water Old faithful in YellowstoneOld faithful in Yellowstone Fumaroles – steaming vents Fumaroles – steaming vents

11 Chapter 14.2

12 Conserving Ground Water 50% of the drinking water in the U.S. comes from ground water 50% of the drinking water in the U.S. comes from ground water

13 Water Budget Income is rain or snow spending includes use, evaporation and runoffIncome is rain or snow spending includes use, evaporation and runoff Surplus – rainfall is greater than the need for moisture and the soil water storage is filled Surplus – rainfall is greater than the need for moisture and the soil water storage is filled Deficit – the need for moisture is greater than the rainfall Deficit – the need for moisture is greater than the rainfall

14 Ground Water Conservation Overuse – many areas ground water is being used faster than replenishment Overuse – many areas ground water is being used faster than replenishment In coastal areas sea water may mix with the ground water if the water table gets too lowIn coastal areas sea water may mix with the ground water if the water table gets too low Subsidence of land caused by the overuse of ground water causing the ground to be compacted Subsidence of land caused by the overuse of ground water causing the ground to be compacted Retention ponds and pumping water into the ground helps to replenish Retention ponds and pumping water into the ground helps to replenish Ground water pollution, oils from roads, fertilizers, pesticides, farm waste, septic tanks and salt from roads Ground water pollution, oils from roads, fertilizers, pesticides, farm waste, septic tanks and salt from roads

15 Chapter 14.3

16 Ground water Geology

17 Minerals in ground water Rainwater has almost no dissolved minerals in it however it may have dissolved gases (CO 2 ) Rainwater has almost no dissolved minerals in it however it may have dissolved gases (CO 2 ) It dissolves minerals as it passes through the ground carrying it in solution It dissolves minerals as it passes through the ground carrying it in solution Calcium (most common) along with iron causes water to be hard, which cause soap to form scum instead of suds. Calcium (most common) along with iron causes water to be hard, which cause soap to form scum instead of suds. Artesians are usually the hardest because they are warmer and travel further. Artesians are usually the hardest because they are warmer and travel further.

18 Mineral Deposits by Ground Water – caused by the cooling or evaporation of water Geyserites – mounds of silica around geysers Geyserites – mounds of silica around geysers Petrified wood (fossils) – mineral matter that replaced organic matter Petrified wood (fossils) – mineral matter that replaced organic matter Cement to bind sediments together Cement to bind sediments together Silica, calcite and iron are common cementsSilica, calcite and iron are common cements

19 Mineral Springs – a spring with a high concentration of mineral matter

20 Caverns – formed in limestone, dissolved by carbonic acid in ground water Stalactites – deposits hang from ceiling Stalagmites – deposits on floor

21 Karst Topography – an area filled with sinkholes Sinkhole ponds, lost rivers and underground drainage Sinkhole ponds, lost rivers and underground drainage


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