by: syerra rodriguez
What is Groundwater?
Groundwater is water held under the ground in the soil or in the pores and crevices of rocks. Groundwater is water stored below the earths surface.
Porosity vs. Permeability
Porosity affects the ground waters presence by the size of the space between the soil particles which the space between the soil particles would hold the ground water. Permeability affects the presence of ground water by allowing fluids to pass through the soil.
What kind of effects can depleting our ground water supply cause?
the effects of depleting our ground water supply may cause mini earthquakes and the streams could dry up. It could also cause ground subsidence. The water table that we have could drop. It also can require more energy to pump out water in the lower levels. And the last thing it can cause is human conflicts which we already have enough of.
Types of aquifers
The types of aquifers that we have are confined aquifers which means that the water flow is restricted by impermeable layers called aquicludes. we also have unconfined aquifers which means that water flows freely. The water table tends to approximate the topography of the landscape.
The main ways we pollute ground water in the u.s
the main ways we pollute the ground water in the united states is by driving cars. Another main way we pollute the united states is by throwing our trash out the car window and then it rains taking some of the food with it.
the water table
The water table is between to layers they are called the zone of areation and the zone of saturation. the zone of areation is above the water table while the zone of saturation is below the water table. The aquifer is a body of permeable rock that holds and transfers groundwater to where it should go. The aquiclude will stop the flow of water and where it needs to go.