Geology 127 (Hydrogeology)

California State University, Sacramento

Week 15: Regional groundwater flow, hydrogeologic terraines


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Describe regional and deep groundwater flow patterns, including groundwater divides and flow cells
  • Identify and describe hydrogeologic systems in other parts of the United States, including the following:
    • Glacial buried valley aquifers of the midwest
    • Limestone and karst terranes
    • Basin and range topography
    • California's Central Valley
    • Island hydrology


Reading Assignments:

Fetter, pp. 236-278, 283-343


Lecture notes:


Homework Assignment:

Review for next week's final exam:

  • Prepare a new 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" note card with formulas and geochemical data that you will need for the test.  You are allowed to bring three of these note cards to the test: the new note card, and your note cards from the previous two tests.
  • Review your notes, homework assignments, readings and old test examples (posted here and on the main Geology 127 web page).

Practice tests:

     2005 final exam   
   2006 final exam      2008 final exam 
   2009 final exam      2010 final exam

Final exam: Friday, December 14th, 8:00 - 10:00

Note new time!!!