GO 571

Regional Aquifer Systems

Class Term Project Presentations



The last online lecture of our series, was prepared by the students of GO 571, Class of 2010. The following pages are provided as a complement to chapters 7 and 8 in the textbook by Fetter. Aquifers or aquifer systems located in the home states of class participants were reported on, with the intent of drawing on students' local experience, insight, and motivation to become better acquainted with "home-town hydrology". This year, four students reported on unconsolidated alluvial aquifers in river valleys (Mississippi River Valley) in tectonic Basins (Cedar Valley), in colluvial and fluvial deposits (Ogallala), and in glacial drift (Long Island). Others reported on mid-continent lithified sedimentary sequences (Ozark,Silurian-Devonian, Arbuckle, Northeast Kansas). One described a coastal plain system (Gulf Coast). Each report is unique. Please read through each paper as you ponder subtle and dramatic distinctions between Earth's aquifer systems, and are introduced to natural, artificial, and political issues associated with these differences. Enjoy your "virtual hydrogeologic road trip" through the U.S.


  • Daniel Call North Atlantic and glacial aquifer system in New York
  • CeLena Clough Cedar Valley Aquifer, Utah
  • Elizabeth Coffey The Western Interior Plain Aquifer system and the Lake Olathe Watershed
  • Zachary Faber Arbuckle Group of the Western Interior Plains Aquifer System in Kansas
  • John Goldsmith Coal Mine Contamination In the Ozark Aquifer
  • Lynn Lefebvre Gulf Coast Aquifer, Texas
  • Michael Lewis The Silurian-Devonian Aquifer of the Maumee Valley of Indiana
  • Lyal Miller The Ogallala Aquifer
  • Michael Sedlacek The Silurian-Devonian Aquifer of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan
  • Wesley Smith Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer