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Playa-lake basins on the southern High Plains of Texas and New Mexico; Part I, Hydrologic, geomorphic, and geologic evidence for their development

W. R. Osterkamp and Warren W. Wood
Playa-lake basins on the southern High Plains of Texas and New Mexico; Part I, Hydrologic, geomorphic, and geologic evidence for their development
Geological Society of America Bulletin (August 1987) 99 (2): 215-223

Abstract

The occurrence of playas, a large number of transient lakes, in the Southern High Plains of Texas and New Mexico was examined. The formation of these lakes are initiated by a variety of processes. The expansion of playa basins is largely a hydrological process that results from ponding of precipitation, infiltration, and downward transport of solutes and particulates and organic material by percolating groundwater. Oxidation of organic material in the unsaturated zone creats conditions that perpetuate the carbonate-dissolution process. Removal of lithologic carbonates and downward movement of clastic material by infiltration or piping during ground-water recharge events increase sub-surface voids to a degree that subsidence of near-surface beds underlying playa floors may occur. Evidence suggests that recharge to the High Plains Aquifer is principally from plays lakes. (See also W87-12419) (Ray-PTT)


ISSN: 0016-7606
EISSN: 1943-2674
Coden: BUGMAF
Serial Title: Geological Society of America Bulletin
Serial Volume: 99
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Playa-lake basins on the southern High Plains of Texas and New Mexico; Part I, Hydrologic, geomorphic, and geologic evidence for their development
Affiliation: U. S. Geol. Surv., Reston, VA, United States
Pages: 215-223
Published: 198708
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 52
Accession Number: 1987-070660
Categories: GeomorphologyHydrogeology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table, sketch maps
N31°30'00" - N37°00'00", W109°04'60" - W103°00'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from USGS product, Selected Water Resources Abstracts, Reston, VA, United States
Update Code: 1987
Program Name: USGSOPNon-USGS publications with USGS authors
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