Groundwater Related Hazards

Surface water moves downward through empty spaces or cracks in the soil, sand, or rocks. The water then fills the empty spaces and cracks above that layer. The top of the water in the soil, sand, or rocks is called the water table and the water that fills the empty spaces and cracks is called groundwater. Groundwater supplies a major portion of Alaska's drinking and industrial water. Changes in groundwater flow and supply and/or groundwater contamination can result in significant threats to human health and infrastructure.

Below is a list of publications related to Groundwater Related Hazards. Select a publication number to access more detailed information and their respective files available for download.

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OF 82-1016 Report
Nelson, G.L., 1982, Vertical movement of ground water under the Merrill Field landfill, Anchorage, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 82-1016, 24 p.
OF 85-341 Map
Hopkins, G.C., 1985, Arsenic, nitrate, iron, and hardness, in ground water, Goldstream Road, Yankovich Road, and Murphy Dome Road areas, (T.1 N, R.2 W, FM), Fairbanks, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 85-341, 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.
OF 2002-90 Report Outside Link
Mueller, S.H., Goldfarb, R.J., Farmer, G.L., Sanzolone, R.F., Adams, M., Theodorakos, P.M., Richmond, S.A., and McCleskey, R.B., 2002, Trace, minor and major element data for ground water near Fairbanks, Alaska, 1999-2000: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2002-90, 12 p.
P 264-F Report
Hopkins, D.M., Karlstrom, T.N.V., Black, R.F., Williams, J.R., Pewe, T.L., Fernald, A.T., and Muller, E.H., 1955, Permafrost and ground water in Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 264-F, 146 p.
P 1615 Report
Farmer, G.L., Goldfarb, R.J., Lilly, M.R., Bolton, Bob, Meier, A.L., and Sanzolone, R.F., 2000, The chemical characteristics of ground water near Fairbanks, Alaska, in Kelley, K.D., and Gough, L.P., ed., Geologic studies in Alaska by the U. S. Geological Survey, 1998: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1615, p. 167-178.
Kinsman, N.E.M., 2013 Report
Kinsman, N.E.M., 2013, Alaska Local Tidal Datums: An Introduction for non-experts (presentation): Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network Seminar Series, Online, March 2013: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, 19 p. doi:10.14509/26885
SIR 2005-5002 Report Outside Link
Dinicola, R.S., Simonds, F.W., and Defawe, Rose, 2004, Monitoring the natural attenuation of petroleum in ground water at the former Naval complex, Operable Unit A, Adak Island, Alaska, May and June 2003: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5002, 52 p.