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Provenance of Suspended Sediment Discharged from a Karst Aquifer Determined by Clay Mineralogy

  • F. Leo Lynch
  • Barbara J. Mahler
  • Nico N. Hauwert

Abstract

Barton Springs is the fourth largest spring in Texas (Brune, 1981). It is the major discharge point for a segment of the Cretaceous Edwards Limestone karst aquifer. Water from Barton Springs is a significant component of the water resource of Austin, the 21st largest city in the United States. Barton Springs is also a heavily used recreational spot, and it is the sole home of the Barton Springs Salamander (Eurycea sosorum), an endangered species that is extremely vulnerable to changes in water quality (Mahler and Lynch, 1999).

Keywords

Clay Mineral Suspended Sediment Stream Sediment Karst Aquifer Recharge Zone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Leo Lynch
    • 1
  • Barbara J. Mahler
    • 2
    • 3
  • Nico N. Hauwert
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesMississippi State UniversityMississippi
  2. 2.Department of Geological SciencesThe University of Texas at AustinTexas
  3. 3.Geological SurveyAustinUSA
  4. 4.Department of Geological SciencesThe University of Texas at AustinTexas

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