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Karst and the USGS

Welcome to the USGS Karst Website. This website presents information on USGS research on karst aquifers, which are a vital groundwater resource in the United States. Here you can learn about past and current USGS karst research, with information on ongoing studies, publications, and key contacts for major karst areas. Click on an aquifer on the map below, or select one from a list of aquifers.

Fluorescent tracer injection into a sinkhole in the Leetown area, WV Fluorescent tracer injection into a sinkhole in the Leetown area, WV. Tracer tests were conducted as part of intensive investigations of the hydrogeology, water quality, and groundwater flow of the karst aquifer in the Hopewell Run Watershed, northern Shenandoah Valley, near Leetown, West Virginia. (Photo by Mark Kozar) Read more about karst aquifers of the Valley and Ridge, Piedmont, and Blue Ridge province...
Vendome Well Vendome Well. A flowing artesian well in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. A water sample from Vendome Well was determined to be 9,000 years old by carbon-14 dating. (Photo by Scott Christenson) Read more about the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer...
Sinkholes from subsidence event, Florida, February 1998
Sinkholes from subsidence event, Florida, February 1998. Over 700 sinkholes formed over a 20-acre area in response to well drilling. A well had been drilled about 20 feet into a cavity, when air-lift well-development methods began being used. Immediately after, small sinkholes started appearing in the surrounding area. Subsidence continued for several hours, with sinkholes closest to the well expanding to become the largest in the area. (Photo by Ann Tihansky) Read more about the Upper Floridan and Biscayne aquifers...
Dye injected into a stream enters a swallow hole in the Madison Limestone Dye injected into a stream enters a swallow hole in the Madison Limestone. The fluorescein dye from this injection was detected in five wells located as much as 2 miles northeast of the injection site. Read more about the Madison aquifer...
Upper Barton Spring, Austin, Texas Upper Barton Spring, Austin, Texas. Located in the creekbed of Barton Creek, this karst spring has been monitored by the USGS periodically. The results of those monitoring efforts have indicated that, despite being less than 1 kilometer from the much larger Main Barton Spring, its water has a substantially different major-ion and contaminant geochemistry. (Photo by Brad Garner) Read more about the Edwards Balcones Fault Zone aquifer...

This website allows you to browse for karst reports and articles authored by USGS researchers, and find links for other karst resources. There is also an overview of karst and its properties.

This website is maintained by members of the USGS Karst Interest Group, whose (KIG), who investigate karst across the United States.

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