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Date published: January 1, 2019

Transient Electromagnetics, Passive Seismic, and Borehole Electromagnetics, Gamma, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Methods to Characterize Glacial Sediments in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, Near Nantucket Sound

In March 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey drilled a borehole, MA-FSW-750-0100, through the unconsolidated sediments and 1.5 m into the bedrock in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, to improve understanding of the glacial history and hydrologic properties of the Cape Cod aquifer. Prior to drilling, candidate sites were investigated using surface geophysical methods. Passive seismic horizon

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2019

Data for Groundwater age and susceptibility of south Atlantic and Gulf Coast principal aquifer of the contiguous United States

This data release documents eight Microsoft Excel tables; four which contain data for understanding groundwater ages in the South East Coastal Plain (SECP), Coastal Lowlands (CLOW) and Mississippi Embayment and Texas Coastal Uplands (METX) aquifer systems and four that describe the data fields. Results described include dissolved gas modeling results, environmental tracer concen

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2019

Field measurements of water column optical properties from the Kootenai River in northern Idaho, September 26-27, 2017, and similar data from several other rivers

Field measurements of various optical properties of the water column were acquired from a single location on the Kootenai River in northern Idaho, September 26-27, 2017, to support research on remote sensing of rivers, particularly estimation of water depth from passive optical image data. The field measurements included in this data release include several parameters measured with three

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2019

Bathymetric LiDAR data from the upper Sacramento River in northern California, September 10-17, 2017

Bathymetric LiDAR data from the upper Sacramento River in northern California were acquired September 10-17, 2017, to support research on remote sensing of rivers, particularly mapping water depth, and to facilitate efforts to characterize salmon habitat conditions and geomorphic change along the upper Sacramento River. These data were collected using a Riefl VQ-880-Gairborne laser scanni

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2019

Seasonal and spatial variation in the location and reactivity of a nitrate-contaminated groundwater discharge zone in a lakebed

The U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program at Cape Cod has been investigating the fate and transport of a treated-wastewater, groundwater contaminant plume. A portion of the contaminated groundwater discharges into Ashumet Pond, a kettle hole, freshwater lake. A study was conducted from June 2013 to June 2015 to document transport, transformation, and discharge of d

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2019

Inorganic nutrient input and release from soil data for study along Pocomoke River, Maryland, evaluating the effectiveness of floodplain reconnection on water quality functions

Input and release of phosphate, nitrate, and ammonium measured using stacked ion-exchange resin bags on top of soil in floodplains along Pocomoke River, Maryland, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of floodplain reconnection on water quality functions.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2019

FTLOADDS (combined SWIFT2D surface-water model and SEAWAT groundwater model) simulator used to assess proposed sea-level rise response and water-resource management plans for the hydrologic system of the South Florida Peninsula for the Biscayne and Southe

The Biscayne and Southern Everglades Coastal Transport(BISECT)
model combines a three-dimensional groundwater model with a two-
dimensional hydrodynamic surface-water model with variable-density
solute-transport. BISECT was constructed by combining two existing
models, Tides and Inflows to the Mangrove Everglades (TIME)
(...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2019

Thermal infrared and photogrammetric data collected by small unoccupied aircraft system for the evaluation of wetland restoration design at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Small unoccupied aircraft systems (UAS) are now often used for collecting aerial visible image data and creating 3D digital surface models (DSM) that incorporate terrain and dense vegetation. Lightweight thermal sensors provide another sensor option for generation of sub meter resolution aerial thermal infrared orthophotos that can be used to infer hydrogeological processes. UAS-based sen

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2019

iTOUGH2-EOS7C model used to analyze multiphase flow and hydromechanical coupling in underpressured shale at the Bruce Nuclear Site, Ontario, Canada

Using iTOUGH2-EOS7C, a simple 1-D model was developed to represent a site in Ontario, Canada
which is being considered for nuclear waste disposal. The site exhibits substantially underpressured
water and potential evidence for gas phase methane within a thick section of sedimentary rocks. To
investigate possible mechanisms for the development of the underpressure in a...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2019

Transient Electromagnetics, Passive Seismic, and Borehole Electromagnetics, Gamma, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Methods to Characterize Glacial Sediments in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, Near Nantucket Sound

On June 5, 2015, transient electromagnetic (TEM) data were acquired on the baseball field at the East Falmouth, Massachusetts Elementary School approximately 30 m north the well MA-FWS-750. Transient electromagnetic induction (TEM) surveys provide resistivity soundings of the subsurface, which can be related to lithology and hydrogeology. Electrical current is cycled through a wir

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2019

Data to investigate measurement of nutrients in saline and hypersaline waters by discrete analyzer colorimetry without matrix matched calibration standards

The dataset consists of two spreadsheets of data for water samples of varying salinity. One spreadsheet contains measured concentrations of nutrients in filtered water samples that were corrected for salinity effects when necessary, and measured concentrations of nutrients spiked into environmental samples or blank water that were corrected for salinity effects when necessary. The second...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2019

Specific Conductance Data for Selected Rivers and Creeks in Yellowstone National Park, beginning in 2010

Monitoring the chloride (Cl) flux in the major rivers draining Yellowstone National Park (YNP) provides a holistic view of the thermal output from the underlying magma chamber, and abrupt fluctuations in the Cl flux may signify changes in thermal activity. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Park Service (NPS) have collaborated on Cl flux monitoring of the major r

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