Environmental Geology - Hydrogeology basics - Answers to questions.

What are the myriad uses of water?

How does the water get into the ground?

An answer may be found in considering part of the hydrologic cycle. The diagram below attempts to show some of the reservoirs linked to groundwater, and the processes that transfer water between these reservoirs.

This leads to a second question. What determines how much seeps into the ground?

How much water can the ground hold (what is its porosity)?

What determines in what pattern and how fast water flows in the ground?

Does the equation for the flow of water through a rock look like any other basic physical equations? It is the same form of equation as for the flow of electrons through a wire. Mathematical solutions good for the one can help with the other.

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