Impact of potential phosphate mining on the hydrology of Osceola National Forest, Florida

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Authors:Miller, J. A.; Hughes, G. H.; Hull, R. W.; Vecchioli, J.; Seaber, P. R.
Source:Reston, VA [Water-Resources Investigations - U. S. Geological Survey, No.PB-278 853, 159p. Publisher: U. S. Geological Survey,], United States. ISSN: 0092-332X
Publication Date:1978
Note:In English. 78 refs.
Summary:Potentially exploitable phosphate deposits underlie part of Osceola National Forest, Fla. Hydrologic conditions in the forest are comparable with those in nearby Hamilton County, where phosphate mining and processing have been ongoing since 1965. Given similarity of operations, hydroloigc effects of mining in the forest are predicted. Flow of stream receiving phosphate industry effluent would increase somewhat during mining, but stream quality would not be greatly affected. Local changes in the configuration of the water table and the quality of water in the surficial aquifer will occur. Lowering of the potentiometric surface of the Floridan aquifer because of proposed pumpage would be less than five feet at nearby communities. Flordian aquifer water quality would be appreciably changed only if industrial effluent were discharged into streams which recharge the Flordian through sinkholes. The most significant hydrologic effects would occur at the time of active mining: long-term effects would be less significant. (Woodard-USGS)
Subjects:Economic geology; Effects; Environmental geology; Geochemistry; Ground water; Land use; Levels; Mining; Movement; Phosphates; Surface water; Surveys; USGS; Water quality; Water resources; Baker County Florida; Columbia County Florida; Florida; Hamilton County Florida; Suwannee County Florida; United States; Osceola National Forest
Coordinates:N300000 N303000 W0820000 W0830000
Record ID:1978019146
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from USGS product, Selected Water Resources Abstracts, Reston, VA, United States
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