Terms in this set (24)
- Only .06% of the planet's water
- Half of the world relies on groundwater for their drinking water
- Water that has high mineral content (in contrast with "soft water")
- Percentage of total rock that is occupied by voids
- What stores our water
The ease at which water can move through rock or soil
A saturated, permeable geologic unit that is able to store and transmit significant amounts of groundwater for your needs
Geologic units that confine aquifers
Those in which an impermeable dirt/rock layer exists that prevents water from seeping into the aquifer from the ground surface located directly above.
Those into which water seeps from the ground surface directly above the aquifer
a confined aquifer containing groundwater under pressure.
- Natural flow of water from the ground or from rocks, representing an outlet for the water that has accumulated in permeable rock strata underground
- Hits a permeable layer and pops out
Streams that go under water, and we don't really know where it goes
Manmade hole in the ground that seeks to pull water from the ground
cone of depression
lowering of the water table around a pumping well
- When the ground begins to sink due to the water being pulled out of the ground
- The area in between the rock particles are unable to hold as much water
- "a bleak, water less place"
- A landscape with very distinct land forms and very little water
Hang from ceiling
Reaches from the ground to the ceiling
A cavity in the ground, especially in limestone bedrock, caused by water erosion and providing a route for surface water to disappear underground.
- Drains waste from homes
- Can cause contamination in the groundwater and affect wells
region above the water table with water drawn up by capillary action
zone of aeration
upper soil layers that hold both air and water
The upper level of the saturated zone of groundwater
zone of saturation
The lower zone where water accumulates between small rock particles.