Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6398

Date

2019

Date of Award

4-29-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Earth Sciences

Concentration

Geology

Committee Chair

Dan Larsen

Committee Member

Hsiang-Te Kung

Committee Member

Dorian Burnette

Abstract

Recharge processes to the Memphis aquifer are poorly understood, but previous studies show that rural stream gullies with sand bottoms are more efficient for recharge than in the upland areas. The same is expected in urban streams where the Memphis Sand is exposed with surrounding upland areas that have substantial urban land use. Water balance research in Sandy Creek in Jackson, Tennessee, provides information regarding infiltration and potential recharge to the Memphis aquifer that may be typical of urban stream valleys where sandy Coastal Plain aquifers are exposed beneath fine-grained surficial deposits. Sixteen and one-half percent of the Sandy Creek Westwood (SC-WW) watershed is covered by impervious surfaces and 54.5% of the stream has incised down into the Memphis Sand and petentially will effect recharge to the Memphis Sand. Recharge results from this study show 0.12-0.92 m/m2 of recharge occured through the study year September 2017 to 2018 and are similar to other recharge studies.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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