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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.

Karst conduit in a borehole, Cumberland County, PA Karst conduit in a borehole, Cumberland County, PA. A still-frame from a video taken from a camera lowered into a borehole in karst terrane. A conduit appears in this photo as a distinctive void space, which likely transmits large volumes of water through the aquifer rapidly. (Photo by Randy Conger) Read more about karst aquifers of the Valley and Ridge, Piedmont, and Blue Ridge province...
Buffalo Spring Buffalo Spring. Located in Chickasaw National Recreation Area. (Photo by Scott Christenson) Read more about the Arbuckle-Simpson 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...
Cave along Cedar Creek, Virginia Cave along Cedar Creek, Virginia. USGS Hydrologist Bob Hirsch experiences karst terrane first hand while kayaking on Cedar Creek. He is paddling out of a cave along Cedar Creek, about 20 miles south of Winchester. Cedar Creek is a tributary of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. (Photo by Mary Cirincione) Read more about karst aquifers of the Valley and Ridge, Piedmont, and Blue Ridge province...
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...

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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