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Case study Middle Rio Grande Basin, New Mexico, USA: Chapter 12

June 11, 2013

Chemical and isotopic patterns in groundwater can record characteristics of water sources, flow directions, and groundwater-age information. This hydrochemical information can be useful in refining conceptualization of groundwater flow, in calibration of numerical models of groundwater flow, and in estimation of paleo and modern recharge rates. This case study shows how chemical and isotopic data were used to characterize sources and flow of groundwater in the Middle Rio Grande Basin (MRGB) of New Mexico, USA. The 14C model ages of the groundwater samples are on the tens of thousands of year timescale. These data changed some of the prevailing ideas about flow in the MRGB, and were used to improve a numerical model of the aquifer system.

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Publication Year 2013
Title Case study Middle Rio Grande Basin, New Mexico, USA: Chapter 12
Authors Niel Plummer, W. Sanford
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 70044503
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Research Program - Eastern Branch

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