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Weekly water samples collected in the spring and summer of 2012 demonstrate the dynamic geochemistry within the epikarst of an alpine karst aquifer in Timpanogos Cave National Monument in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The results of chemical analysis of water from four cave pools, supplemented with concurrent samples from the American Fork River, suggest three modes of recharge: (1) diffuse recharge through the permeable matrix of the carbonate rock, (2) rapid recharge through open fractures in the epikarst, and (3) rapid recharge via piston flow through fractures occluded with colluvium.

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