Developing a 3D Hydrogeologic Framework
Developing a 3D Hydrogeologic Framework

Development and testing of a regional hydrogeologic framework

Permian-, Pennsylvanian-, and Mississippian-age aquifers of the Appalachian Plateaus cover portions of seven states and contains large amounts of coal, oil, and gas reserves with a long history of production. The USGS Appalachian Plateau Groundwater Availability Study is an opportunity to expand the regional knowledge of subsurface resources to include water.

A five-layer hydrostratigraphic model of the Plateaus aquifers inclusive of stress-relief fractures, regional structures, vast areas of underground coal workings and areas of extensive karst development is needed to evaluate regional heterogeneities in context of regional water budgets and flow patterns.

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For more information on the USGS Regional Groundwater Studies, please visit the USGS Groundwater Resources Program.