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American Hydrology1

Nature volume 82, pages 379380 (27 January 1910) | Download Citation

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NEGLECTING the quantity disappearing through evaporation as relatively insignificant, the rainfall over any area either finds its way on or near the surface into streams or percolates into the ground to form subterranean reservoirs, which are tapped in many cases, naturally by springs and artificially by wells. Each of these processes has a distinct and valuable bearing upon the industrial and hygienic resources of a country, and in countries where there is no separate hydrological service the scientific investigation of the national water supply comes within the purview of the geological department, as is the case in the United States. The two papers which form the subject of this brief notice illustrate in a very striking manner the varied and comprehensive character of the work carried on by the U.S. Geological Survey. The first volume constitutes a general review of the surface water supply oner a very considerable tract of country, comprising the drainage basins of the rivers James, Roanoke, Yadkin or Pedee, Santee, Savannah, Ogeechee, Altamaha, Satello, St. John, Peace, Withlacoochee, Suwanee, Ocklockonee, Apalachicola, Choctawhatchee, Escamba, Mobile, Pascagoula, and Pearl; while the second is a comparatively local and complete investigation into the wells and springs of Connecticut.

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