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GEOG 310 – Geography of Kansas Preview – Exam #2 Fall 2010 I. The Hydrosphere (7 MC, 0 SA) - What characteristics are used to describe an aquifer? o Is a geologic formation that contains water or stores water in the ground. - Why is the saturated thickness of the High Plains Aquifer so variable? o How does recharge of the High Plains Aquifer compare to the rate of water use from the aquifer? Hugoton area, as soon as a well is used up cap immediately so there wont be in contaminates in the aquifer, 3-4 inches of recharge around Wichita in farther west they have a inch or less a year, because of evaporation and water cant filtrate that far down when it is hundreds of ft down, lateral flow only moves inches to a ft a year 2/3 of aquifer is up in Nebraska, 12 % in KS, 2000 3 billion acre ft of water (acre ft = one acre of land one ft under water) 6 to 7% from ten years ago have been used , dangerous part is some areas of aquifer have gone dry or will go dry soon, irrigation tech has gotten better we are using up less water than we have in the past increasing the expected life time of the water, - Where is water of the High Plains Aquifer stored? o
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2011 for the course GEOG 310 taught by Professor Bolton during the Spring '11 term at Kansas State University.

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