SF 6 age 3 H/ 3 He Jackson Blue16.518.832.8 Shangri-La16.511.211.6 Twin Caves17.3Modern44 Hole in the Wall14Modern46.4 Heidi Hole1815.531.5 Gator Hole9Modern>55 Dating Ground Water with SF 6 Stable, atmospheric gas Primarily of anthropogenic origin Record of atmospheric input over time Dating Ground Water with Tritium and Helium Tritium results from atmospheric nuclear bomb testing Record of atmospheric input over time Helium is decay product and helps to refine age Atmospheric gases (N, Ar, Kr, Xe, Ne, He) needed for age determination.
What can be said? Based on available data, ground water sources other than Jackson Blue Spring contribute between 11 and 46 percent of the discharge of Merritt’s Mill Pond. Elevated levels of nitrate exist at all springs in Merritt’s Mill Pond. Artificial fertilizer is the predominate source of nitrate for the springs of Merritt’s Mill Pond. The waters feeding Merritt’s Mill Pond are of mixed age.
COMPARISON OF HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS EARLY 2008 – CURRENT Date Measurement Value DISCHARGE, cfs (USGS Gaging Station) 2/1/200850 1/12/2009114 WATER LEVEL, ft msl (NWFWMD Monitoring Well) 2/1/200879 12/12/200884