Biscayne Aquifer geologic dataEntry ID: USGS_SOFIA_ba_geologic_data
Abstract: This report from which the data is taken identifies and characterizes candidate ground-water flow zones in the upper part of the shallow, eogenetic karst limestone of the Biscayne aquifer using GPR, cyclostratigraphy, borehole geophysical logs, continuously drilled cores, and paleontology. About 60 mi of GPR profiles were acquired and are used to calculate the depth to shallow geologic contacts ... and hydrogeologic units, image karst features, and produce a qualitative perspective of the porosity distribution within the upper part of the karstic Biscayne aquifer in the Lake Belt area of north-central Miami-Dade County. . Descriptions of lithology, rock fabric, cyclostratigraphy, and depositional environments of 50 test coreholes were linked to geophysical data to provide a more refined hydrogeologic framework for the upper part of the Biscayne aquifer. Interpretation of depositional environments was constrained by analysis of depositional textures and molluscan and benthic foraminiferal paleontology. Digital borehole images were used to help quantify large-scale vuggy porosity. Preliminary heat-pulse flowmeter data were coupled with the digital borehole image data to identify potential ground-water flow zones.
The objectives of this cooperative project were to identify and characterize candidate ground-water flow zones in the upper part of the shallow, eogenetic karst limestone of the Biscayne aquifer using ground-penetrating radar, cyclostratigraphy, borehole geophysical logs, continuously drilled cores and paleontology. In 1998, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), initiated a study to provide a regional-scale hydrogeologic framework of a shallow semiconfining unit within the Biscayne aquifer of southeastern Florida. Initially, the primary objective was to characterize and delineate a low-permeability zone in the upper part of the Biscayne aquifer that spans the base of the Miami Limestone and uppermost part of the Fort Thompson Formation. Delineation of this zone was to aid development of a conceptual hydrogeologic model to be used as input into the SFWMD Lake Belt ground-water model. The approximate area encompassed by the conceptual hydrogeologic model is shown as the study area at http://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/cunningham/bbwelllocation.html. Subsequent analysis of the preliminary data suggested hydraulic compartmentalization occurred within the Biscayne aquifer, and that there was a need to characterize and delineate ground-water flow zones and relatively low-permeability zones within the upper part of the Biscayne aquifer. Consequently, preliminary results suggested that the historical understanding of the porosity and preferential pathways for Biscayne aquifer ground-water flow required considerable revision.
This project was carried out in cooperation with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Cunningham, Kevin J. Carlson, Janine L., Wingard, G. Lynn , Robinson, Edward, Wacker, Michael A.
Dataset Title: Biscayne Aquifer geologic data
Dataset Release Date: 2005
Data Presentation Form: data tablesOnline Resource: http://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/aq_heterogeneity/#data
Start Date: 1998-01-01Stop Date: 2005-12-31
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Cunningham, Kevin J., Carlson, Janine L., Wingard, G. Lynn , Robinson, Edward, Wacker, Michael A., 2004, Characterization of Aquifer Heterogeneity Using Cyclostratigraphy and Geophysical Methods in the Upper Part of the Karstic Biscayne Aquifer, Southeastern Florida, USGS Water Resources Investigations Report, 03-4208, Tallahassee, FL, U.S. Geological Survey.
Cunningham, Kevin J., Wacker, Michael A. Robinson, Edward Gefvert, Cynthia J. Krupa, Steven L., 2004, Hydrogeology and Ground-Water Flow at Levee 31N, Miami-Dade County, Florida, July 2003 to May 2004, Scientific Investigations Map, I-2846, Reston VA, U.S. Geolgoical Survey.
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DIF Creation Date: 2006-04-21
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-12-21