Inventory and review of existing PRISM hydrogeologic data for the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Africa

Open-File Report 2008-1138
Prepared in cooperation with the World Bank, the Mauritania Ministry of Mines and Industry, and Futures Group



The USGS entered into an agreement with the Mauritania Ministry of Mines and Industry to inventory and review the quality of information collected as part of the Project for Strengthening of the Institutions in the Mining Sector (PRISM). Whereas the PRISM program collected geophysical, geochemical, geological, satellite, and hydrogeologic information, this report focuses on an inventory and review of available hydrogeologic data provided to the USGS in multiple folders, files, and formats. Most of the information pertained to the hydrogeologic setting and the water budget of evaporation, evapotranspiration, and precipitation in the Choum-Zouerate area in northwestern Mauritania, and the country of Mauritania itself. Other information about the quantity and quality of groundwater was found in the relational Access database. In its present form, the limited hydrogeologic information was not amenable to conducting water balance, geostatistical, and localized numerical modeling studies in support of mineral exploration and development. Suggestions are provided to remedy many of the data's shortcomings, such as performing quality assurance on all SIPPE2 data tables and sending questionnaires to appropriate agencies, mining and other companies to populate the database with additional meteorology, hydrology, and groundwater data.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Inventory and review of existing PRISM hydrogeologic data for the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Africa
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2008-1138
DOI 10.3133/ofr20081138
Edition Version 1.0
Year Published 2008
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) U.S. Geological Survey
Description vii, 69 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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