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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...
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...
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...
Byrds Mill Spring Byrds Mill Spring. USGS Hydrologist Scott Christenson collects a water sample from Oklahoma’s largest spring. (Photo by Noel Osborn, Ok. Water Resources Board) Read more about the Arbuckle-Simpson 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...

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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