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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.

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...
Streamflow tracer test on a tributary to Hopewell Run near Leetown, WV Streamflow tracer test on a tributary to Hopewell Run near Leetown, WV. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientist Malcolm Field conducts this test. It was conducted to assess potential leakage of stream water to the karst aquifer in the northern Shenandoah Valley of West Virginia. (Photo by Carol Boughton) Read more about karst aquifers of the Valley and Ridge, Piedmont, and Blue Ridge province...
Main Barton Spring, with Barton Springs Pool drained Main Barton Spring, with Barton Springs Pool drained. USGS Research Hydrologist Barbara Mahler makes water-quality measurements of Main Barton Spring. The spring normally discharges under the presssure of 12 feet of overlying water, but here that water had been lowered temporarily, to quantify the water-quality changes it causes. (Photo by Marcus Gary) Read more about the Edwards Balcones Fault Zone aquifer...
Main Barton Spring, Austin, Texas Main Barton Spring, Austin, Texas. The fourth largest spring in Texas, this is a karst spring that discharges an average of 50 cubic feet per second (about 32 million gallons per day). The spring supplies water to a swimming pool enjoyed by over 300,000 people per year. (Photo by Brad Garner) Read more about the Edwards Balcones Fault Zone aquifer...
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...

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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