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Remote sensing and geophysical investigations of glacial buried valleys in northeastern Kansas

January 1, 1984

Aquifers found in glacial buried valleys are a major source of good-quality ground water in northeastern Kansas. The extent and character of many of these deposits are not precisely known, so a detailed study of the buried valleys was undertaken. Test drilling, Landsat imagery, shallow-earth temperature measurements, seismic refraction, surface electrical resistivity, and gravity data were used to evaluate two sites in Nemaha and Jefferson Counties. Tonal patterns on springtime Landsat imagery and winter/summer anomalies in shallow-earth temperatures were quick and inexpensive methods for locating some glacial buried aquifers and suggested areas for more intensive field studies. Reversed seismic refraction and resistivity surveys were generally reliable indicators of the presence or absence of glacial buried valleys, with most depth determinations being within 25% of test-drilling results. The effectiveness of expensive test-hole drilling was greatly increased by integrating remote sensing, shallow-earth temperature, seismic, and resistivity techniques in the two buried valley test areas. A gravity profile allowed precise definition of the extent of one of the channels after the other techniques had been used for general information.

Publication Year 1984
Title Remote sensing and geophysical investigations of glacial buried valleys in northeastern Kansas
DOI 10.1111/j.1745-6584.1984.tb01476.x
Authors Jane E. Denne, Harold L. Yarger, P. A. Macfarlane, Ralph W. Knapp, Marios A. Sophocleous, James R. Lucas, Don W. Steeples
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Groundwater
Index ID 70231443
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center