Artesian Salinity

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Artesian salinity occurs where water from a pressurized aquifer rises to or near the ground surface. It is usually associated with intermediate or regional groundwater flow systems. If the pressure is large enough, the water flows to the surface and produces a flowing well, spring or soap hole. These features and hydrogeological maps are used to identify artesian salinity. In most cases, artesian salinity is a form of primary salinity (i.e. it has developed naturally over geologic time) but it may also be influenced by human alterations to the prairie ecosystems.

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This information published to the web on February 12, 2004.
Last Reviewed/Revised on December 4, 2017.