Richard W. Healy, USGS, with contributions by Bridget R. Scanlon, University of Texas, Austin. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 2010. 256 pp. $99.00 hardback. ISBN 978-0-521-86396-4. $79 Adobe eBook ISBN 978-0-511-79610-4. $79 Mobipocket eBook ISBN 978-0-511-79829-0.

Recharge is one of the most important components in characterization and assessment of groundwater resources, which provides a clear rationale for this text, as noted in the Preface and Introduction. The rate, timing, and location of recharge are needed when developing water budgets, investigating contaminant migration, determining the effects of land cover changes, and forecasting the influence of climate change. Yet, quantitative descriptions with certainty...

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