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Date published: August 16, 2019

Groundwater in Moab Area Less than Previously Reported

A new assessment of groundwater resources in the Spanish Valley watershed in southern Utah shows an amount that is about 30–40% lower than previously reported, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report.

Date published: April 11, 2019

Salinity Cycles in Lower Colorado River Caused by Precipitation Patterns in Upper Basin

A new study shows that mysterious cycles in salinity in the lower Colorado River are a result of precipitation patterns in the headwaters of the upper basin more than a thousand river miles away. The salinity levels generally repeat about every 10 years.

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Year Published: 2020

The firn meltwater Retention Model Intercomparison Project (RetMIP): Evaluation of nine firn models at four weather station sites on the Greenland ice sheet

Perennial snow, or firn, covers 80 % of the Greenland ice sheet and has the capacity to retain surface meltwater, influencing the ice sheet mass balance and contribution to sea-level rise. Multilayer firn models are traditionally used to simulate firn processes and estimate meltwater retention. We present, intercompare and evaluate outputs from...

Vandecrux, Baptiste; Mottram, Ruth; Langen, Peter; Fausto, Robert; Olesen, Martin; Stevens, C. Max; Verjans, Vincent; Leeson, Amber; Ligtenberg, Stefan; Kuipers Munneke, Peter; Marchenko, Sergey S.; van Pelt, Ward; Meyer, Colin R.; Simonsen, Sebastian B.; Heilig, Achim; Samimi, Samira; Marshall, Shawn J.; Machguth, Horst; MacFerrin, Michael J.; Niwano, Masashi; Miller, Olivia L.; Voss, Clifford I.; Box, Jason E.

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Hydrologic properties of a highly permeable firn aquifer in the Wilkins Ice Shelf, Antarctica

We present measurements of the density, hydraulic conductivity, and specific discharge of a widespread firn aquifer in Antarctica, within the Wilkins Ice Shelf. At the field site, the aquifer is 16.2 m thick, starting at 13.4 m from the snow surface and transitioning from water‐saturated firn to ice at 29.6 m. Hydraulic conductivity...

Montgomery, Lynn; Miege, C.; MIller, Julie; Wallin, Bruce; Miller, Olivia L.; Scambos, Ted A.; Solomon, D Kip; Forster, Richard; Koenig, Lora

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Development of a method to identify complex wells and assess the accuracy of basin withdrawals in Utah

Power consumption coefficients (PCCs) and dedicated flowmeter records for irrigation wells in three Utah groundwater basins were analyzed to develop a method to better characterize the accuracy of annual groundwater withdrawal estimates. The PCC method has been used by the U.S. Geological Survey in Utah since 1963 as a way to estimate groundwater...

Gold, Brittany L.; Angeroth, Cory E.; Marston, Thomas M.
Gold, B.L., Angeroth, C.E., and Marston, T.M., 2020, Development of a method to identify complex wells and assess the accuracy of basin withdrawals in Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1106, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201106.