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One more Alabama stream

“Sandy Creek” lies just down the hill from my grandfather’s property. As a child, I fished and played in this stream, and touched the poison oak along its banks. I don’t remember ever seeing this stream flood or dry up, … Continue reading

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Road trip photos

Last week, I took a hurried road trip across the USA from Arizona to Alabama. I documented a few of North America’s hydrologic features with photographs taken from the car window. As this was not a sight seeing trip, please … Continue reading

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The 100th meridian.

Many years ago, my parents were driving cross-country from Arizona to the panhandle of Florida along Interstate Highway 10. For curiosity, my father decided to count the number of natural channels he crossed that contained flowing water. From Phoenix to … Continue reading

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Infiltration versus runoff

Around here, people frequently make the following remark about rainfall: “What we need is one of those steady rains that soaks in instead of just running off.” I venture that comment bears similarity to many comments made at feed stores … Continue reading

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Water wells and groundwater contamination

I mentioned in my “Practicality of Geology” post that one needs an understanding of geology in order to properly construct a water well that minimizes contaminants and avoids environmental disasters. Here is an example of how water well design is … Continue reading

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Drilling

In honor of the Chilean mine rescue, I thought it appropriate to post this photo I took of a well being drilled and installed. In this photo the workers are welding sections of well casing together, to be installed in … Continue reading

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Lake Mead is drying up

Despite the belief of many Arizonans that the current drought is a liberal conspiracy, Lake Mead is drying up. Here is a recent image from NASA: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=45945 This is a big deal. If the lake level drops another 12 feet, … Continue reading

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What is the volume of Tempe Town Lake?

Purpose River discharge (typically given the variable Q) is defined as volume of water per unit time. The volume component of discharge enables volume calculations, and I wondered if I could easily calculate Tempe Town Lake’s volume from stream gage … Continue reading

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Drought conspiracy

I am a 25-year Arizona resident. I have met people in all areas of the state, from different age groups, different socioeconomic backgrounds, and different cultures. I held jobs in various industries, both private and public. I lived in the … Continue reading

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Private well testing?

I have been asked occasionally about the procedure for private well testing in Arizona. This question comes up when someone learns that I work in the water resource industry. Public water suppliers test regularly, and mail the water users a … Continue reading

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