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General effects of drought on water resources of the southwest

January 1, 1964

The effects of drought are most pronounced on soil moisture, because soil is the prime recipient of the water from precipitation, and upon streamflow, because it is the residual water that is not accepted by or that flows out from the soil and groundwater reservoirs. Studies by statistical correlation of records of natural streamflow and of dendrochronology indicate patterns of regional runoff that reflect precipitation trends in the principal meteorologic regions in the Southwest. By contrast, the effects of drought upon ground water vary with the natural characteristics and degree of utilization of individual aquifers.

Publication Year 1964
Title General effects of drought on water resources of the southwest
DOI 10.3133/pp372B
Authors J. S. Gatewood, Alfonso Wilson, H. E. Thomas, L. R. Kister
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Professional Paper
Series Number 372
Index ID pp372B
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse