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Open-File Report 2011–1037

Multiple Technologies Applied to Characterization of the Porosity and Permeability of the Biscayne Aquifer, Florida

By K.J. Cunningham and M.C. Sukop

ABSTRACT

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Research is needed to determine how seepage-control actions planned by the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) will affect recharge, groundwater flow, and discharge within the dual-porosity karstic Biscayne aquifer where it extends eastward from the Everglades to Biscayne Bay. A key issue is whether the plan can be accomplished without causing urban flooding in adjacent populated areas and diminishing coastal freshwater flow needed in the restoration of the ecologic systems. Predictive simulation of groundwater flow is a prudent approach to understanding hydrologic change and potential ecologic impacts. A fundamental problem to simulation of karst groundwater flow is how best to represent aquifer heterogeneity. Currently, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researchers and academic partners are applying multiple innovative technologies to characterize the spatial distribution of porosity and permeability within the Biscayne aquifer.

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Kevin Cunningham
U.S. Geological Survey
3110 SW 9th Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315
Phone: 954-377-5913
Fax: 954-377-5901

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Cunningham, K.J., and Sukop, M.C., 2011, Multiple technologies applied to characterization of the porosity and permeability of the Biscayne aquifer, Florida: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1037, 8 p., available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1037.



Contents

Biscayne Aquifer Pore and Permeability Network

Ichnology

Cyclostratigraphy

Borehole Geophysics

Computational Methods

Conclusions

Glossary

References Cited


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