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Principal Karst Aquifers of the United States

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Principal Karst Aquifers

  • Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer — Underlies more than 500 square miles in south central Oklahoma and is the principal water source for about 40,000 people. Many springs and small karst features, but only a few air-filled caves.
  • Basin and Range and Bear River range carbonate aquifers — Some fractured carbonate rocks beneath alluvial basin fill. Includes areas near Cedar Break Nat. Monument, Great Basin Nat. Park, and the Bear River Range.
  • Colorado Plateau karst
  • Edwards Balcones Fault Zone aquifer — Highly faulted and fractured carbonate rocks of Cretaceous age in an area of about 4,000 square miles in south-central Texas. Primary drinking-water supply for San Antonio, TX.
  • Edwards-Trinity Plateau aquifer — Consists of rocks of Cretaceous age that are present in an area of about 35,500 square miles in west-central Texas.
  • Upper Floridan and Biscayne aquifers
  • Madison aquifer — An important water resource in the northern plains states, where surface-water supplies are limited and population is increasing. It is one of the largest confined aquifer systems in the U.S.
  • Midwest Paleozoic Carbonate aquifers — Karst developed in several Paleozoic aquifers that span the Midwest from Michigan to Tennessee. Contains some of the longest mapped caves in the world, including Kentucky's Mammoth Cave Nat. Park.
  • New England karst aquifers — Solution terrain in crystalline limestones and marbles mainly in northeastern Maine, western Vermont, and western Massachusetts.
  • Ozark Plateau karst aquifers — Paleozoic carbonate rocks underlying several mid-continent states. Comprises two aquifers (Springfield and Ozark) and an intervening confining unit, and yields modest amounts of water.
  • Roswell Basin aquifer — An eastward-dipping carbonate aquifer overlain by a leaky evaporitic confining unit and an unconfined alluvial aquifer. Decades of intensive pumping have caused substantial declines in hydraulic head.
  • Pacific Northwest basalt aquifers — Late Cenozoic basalt lava fields that contain lava tubes, fissures, open sinkholes, and caves formed by extrusion of the still-liquid portion of the lava.
  • Valley and Ridge, Piedmont, and Blue Ridge aquifers — Extensive areas of karst within complex geologic structures, resulting in highly variable karst-aquifer characteristics. Includes the Great Valley aquifer, an important water resource for many cities.

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