The determination of seasonal variations in groundwater recharge by deuterium and oxygen-18 analysis for the Tucson Basin, Arizona

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Title:
The determination of seasonal variations in groundwater recharge by deuterium and oxygen-18 analysis for the Tucson Basin, Arizona
Author:
White, Robin Shepard,1950-
Issue Date:
1976
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
The Tucson basin in southern Arizona covers an area greater than 600 square miles, and has an average fill of over 1,000 feet. Average rainfall is about 11 inches, with a little more than half occurring as convective storms in the summer and the rest are frontal storms in the winter. Summer storms usually originate in the Gulf of Mexico, and winter storms in the Pacific. All streams in the area are intermittent. This research attempts to see if it is feasible to determine recharge source areas and flow patterns' importance by studying the distribution of deuterium and oxygen-18 in precipitation and groundwater in the basin. Oxygen-18 values clustered around -5 per mil w.r.t. SMOW in the summer and -10 per mil in the winter. Deuterium content was -40 per mil w.r.t. SMOW in the summer and -75 per mil in the winter. This differentiation between summer and winter precipitation can provide information on the importance of seasonal rainfall to ground water recharge.
Type:
Thesis-Reproduction (electronic); text
LCSH Subjects:
Hydrology.; Groundwater flow -- Arizona -- Tucson Basin.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Geosciences; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Long, Austin

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe determination of seasonal variations in groundwater recharge by deuterium and oxygen-18 analysis for the Tucson Basin, Arizonaen_US
dc.creatorWhite, Robin Shepard,1950-en_US
dc.contributor.authorWhite, Robin Shepard,1950-en_US
dc.date.issued1976en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Tucson basin in southern Arizona covers an area greater than 600 square miles, and has an average fill of over 1,000 feet. Average rainfall is about 11 inches, with a little more than half occurring as convective storms in the summer and the rest are frontal storms in the winter. Summer storms usually originate in the Gulf of Mexico, and winter storms in the Pacific. All streams in the area are intermittent. This research attempts to see if it is feasible to determine recharge source areas and flow patterns' importance by studying the distribution of deuterium and oxygen-18 in precipitation and groundwater in the basin. Oxygen-18 values clustered around -5 per mil w.r.t. SMOW in the summer and -10 per mil in the winter. Deuterium content was -40 per mil w.r.t. SMOW in the summer and -75 per mil in the winter. This differentiation between summer and winter precipitation can provide information on the importance of seasonal rainfall to ground water recharge.en_US
dc.description.notehydrology collectionen_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.subject.lcshHydrology.en_US
dc.subject.lcshGroundwater flow -- Arizona -- Tucson Basin.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGeosciencesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairLong, Austinen_US
dc.identifier.oclc212650398en_US
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