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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.

Disappearing stream, in Kentucky Disappearing stream, in Kentucky. USGS Hydrologist Chuck Taylor stands next to a stream that enters the subsurface through a cave entrance. (Photo by Chuck Taylor) Read more about Paleozoic karst aquifers of the Midwest...
Sinkhole-formed lakes near Winter Haven, FL Sinkhole-formed lakes near Winter Haven, FL. These sinkholes, which often are filled with permeable surficial sands, provide more direct avenues for water from the surficial aquifer system to recharge the underlying Upper Floridan aquifer. (from Spechler and Kroening, 2006) Read more about the Upper Floridan and Biscayne aquifers...
Loss of water from the Peace River through underlying conduit during low-flow period, May 2004 Loss of water from the Peace River through underlying conduit during low-flow period, May 2004. The Peace River in this area is characterized by shallow, sometimes exposed carbonate units, with karst features that vary in type and size and include sinkholes, subsidence depressions, dissolution pipes, and enlarged fractures. (from Spechler and Kroening, 2006) Read more about the Upper Floridan and Biscayne aquifers...
Endangered Barton Springs Salamander Endangered Barton Springs Salamander. The Barton Springs Salamander, Eurycea sosorum, is a federally listed endangered species. It has been found only in and around the major springs of the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards aquifer. (Photo courtesy of Lisa O'Donnell, City of Austin) Read more about the Edwards Balcones Fault Zone aquifer...
Cripple Crawfish Sinkhole, south of Austin, Texas Cripple Crawfish Sinkhole, south of Austin, Texas. Located within the creekbed of Onion Creek, a water vortex indicates rapid infiltration of water into the Edwards aquifer. (Photo courtesy of David A. Johns, City of Austin) 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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