Date of Award

4-21-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Geosciences

First Advisor

Seth Rose - Chair

Second Advisor

Crawford Elliott

Third Advisor

Hassan Babaie

Abstract

The fluctuations in solute concentrations from eight springs in the Ridge and Valley Province in northwestern Georgia were used to determine flow types and to measure each aquifer’s ability to remove contamination. The target springs are located along a northeast trending line in the Ridge and Valley Province of northwest Georgia. This study determined and interpreted the fluctuations in chemistry of each of the sampled spring’s water based upon temporal variations of precipitation in the area and variations in the chemistries measured at each weekly sampling event. Analysis determined that carbonate springs that showed characteristics of diffuse flow, including stable conductance during variable rain events and greater than zero saturation indices increase the potential for the aquifer to filter potential contaminants before the spring discharge. This study attempts to show that by identifying pre-filtered drinking water sources quickly is possible, through field and laboratory analysis.

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