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The hydrogeology of urbanization: The lost springs of Washington, D.C., late Tertiary and Quaternary sediments of D.C., and the Baltimore Long Term Ecological Research site (LTER)

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Aditi S. Bhaskar
Aditi S. Bhaskar
National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow hosted at U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MSN 521, Reston, Virginia 20192, USA
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Milan Pavich
Milan Pavich
U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192, USA
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John (Jack) M. Sharp, Jr.
John (Jack) M. Sharp, Jr.
Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences C9000, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas 78712, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2015

Abstract

Urbanization is a major process now shaping the environment. This field trip looks at the hydrogeology of the general Washington, D.C., area and focuses on the city’s lost springs. Until 150 years ago, springs and shallow dug wells were the main source of drinking water for residents of Washington, D.C. Celebrating the nation’s bicentennial, Garnett P. Williams of the U.S. Geological Survey examined changes in water supply and water courses since 1776. He examined old newspaper files to determine the location of the city’s springs. This field trip visits sites of some of these springs (few of which are now flowing), discusses the hydrologic impacts of urbanization and the general geological setting, and finishes with the Baltimore Long Term Ecological Research site at Dead Run and its findings. The field trip visits some familiar locations in the Washington, D.C., area, and gives insights into their often hidden hydrologic past and present.

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GSA Field Guide

Tripping from the Fall Line: Field Excursions for the GSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, 2015

David K. Brezinski
David K. Brezinski
Maryland Geological Survey 2300 St. Paul Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
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Jeffrey P. Halka
Jeffrey P. Halka
Maryland Geological Survey 2300 St. Paul Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
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Richard A. Ortt, Jr.
Richard A. Ortt, Jr.
Maryland Geological Survey 2300 St. Paul Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
40
ISBN electronic:
9780813756400
Publication date:
January 01, 2015

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