Hydrostratigraphic modeling of a complex, glacial-drift aquifer system for importation into MODFLOW

Beverly L. Herzog, David R. Larson, Curtis C. Abert, Steven D. Wilson, George S. Roadcap

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Deposition from at least three episodes of glaciation left a complex glacial-drift aquifer system in central Illinois. The deepest and largest of these aquifers, the Sankoty-Mahomet Aquifer, occupies the lower part of a buried bedrock valley and supplies water to communities throughout central Illinois. Thin, discontinuous aquifers are present within glacial drift overlying the Sankoty-Mahomet Aquifer. This study was commissioned by local governments to identify possible areas where a regional water supply could be obtained from the aquifer with minimal adverse impacts on existing users. Geologic information from more than 2200 existing water well logs was supplemented with new data from 28 test borings, water level measurements in 430 wells, and 35 km of surface geophysical profiles. A three-dimensional (3-D) hydrostratigraphic model was developed using a contouring software package, a geographic information system (GIS), and the 3-D geologic modeling package, EarthVision

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-65
Number of pages9
JournalGround Water
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Computers in Earth Sciences


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