The geochemistry of surface water and groundwater interactions for selected Black Mesa drainages, Little Colorado River basin, Arizona

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Title:
The geochemistry of surface water and groundwater interactions for selected Black Mesa drainages, Little Colorado River basin, Arizona
Author:
Wickham, Matthew Prior,1959-
Issue Date:
1992
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © 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.
Abstract:
Surface water and groundwater interactions involve complex physical processes that are not easily measured in most natural systems. Many of these processes can be indirectly evaluated by examining the geochemistry of the hydrologic system. In this investigation, a geochemical approach to investigating surface water and groundwater interactions is applied to perennial reaches of selected Black Mesa drainages in northeastern Arizona. The drainages, Moenkopi Wash and Dinnebito Wash, receive groundwater discharging from the regional Naquifer. Groundwater within the confined portion of the N-aquifer is chemically and isotopically distinct from that in the unconfined portion. Water in the majority of the confined N-aquifer exhibits a depleted δD and δ¹⁸O composition, a consequence of recharge under an earlier paleo climate. The small changes observed in chemical composition of baseflow along the streamcourse can be explained by chemical interaction with channel alluvium or minor exchange with groundwater from the alluvium.
Type:
Thesis-Reproduction (electronic); text
LCSH Subjects:
Hydrology.; Hydrogeology -- Little Colorado River (N.M. and Ariz.); Geochemistry -- Little Colorado River (N.M. and Ariz.); Groundwater -- Little Colorado River (N.M. and Ariz.)
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Hydrology and Water Resources; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Bassett, R. L.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe geochemistry of surface water and groundwater interactions for selected Black Mesa drainages, Little Colorado River basin, Arizonaen_US
dc.creatorWickham, Matthew Prior,1959-en_US
dc.contributor.authorWickham, Matthew Prior,1959-en_US
dc.date.issued1992en_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.abstractSurface water and groundwater interactions involve complex physical processes that are not easily measured in most natural systems. Many of these processes can be indirectly evaluated by examining the geochemistry of the hydrologic system. In this investigation, a geochemical approach to investigating surface water and groundwater interactions is applied to perennial reaches of selected Black Mesa drainages in northeastern Arizona. The drainages, Moenkopi Wash and Dinnebito Wash, receive groundwater discharging from the regional Naquifer. Groundwater within the confined portion of the N-aquifer is chemically and isotopically distinct from that in the unconfined portion. Water in the majority of the confined N-aquifer exhibits a depleted δD and δ¹⁸O composition, a consequence of recharge under an earlier paleo climate. The small changes observed in chemical composition of baseflow along the streamcourse can be explained by chemical interaction with channel alluvium or minor exchange with groundwater from the alluvium.en_US
dc.description.notehydrology collectionen_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.subject.lcshHydrology.en_US
dc.subject.lcshHydrogeology -- Little Colorado River (N.M. and Ariz.)en_US
dc.subject.lcshGeochemistry -- Little Colorado River (N.M. and Ariz.)en_US
dc.subject.lcshGroundwater -- Little Colorado River (N.M. and Ariz.)en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHydrology and Water Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairBassett, R. L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWalter, Garyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDavis, Stanleyen_US
dc.identifier.oclc213449083en_US
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