By: Jackie DiBenedetto

What Is Groundwater?

Groundwater is the water held underground in the soil or crevices in rock. Recharge and discharge is the process of groundwater.
What Is Groundwater?

Porosity vs. Permeability

Permeability is the ability of a substance to allow another substance to pass through it.

Porosity is a measure of how much of a rock is open space.

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What Types of Aquifers are There?

  • Unconfined Aquifers: are where water seeps in the ground from the surface directly above the aquifer
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  • Confined aquifer: an impermeable rock layer exits that prevents water from seeping to the aquifer directly under the earth surface.
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What Effects Does Depleting Groundwater Cause?

Groundwater Depletion can cause mini earthquakes, it can lead to the drying up of streams and rivers. It can cause ground substance, leading to sink holes, and the water table drops.

How do we Pollute the Groundwater?

There is both non-point and point source pollution. A few examples of non-point source pollution is animal/human waste, run-off over parking lots, and the use of fertilizers. A few examples of Point source pollution is oil spills, sewage leaks, and landfills.