Snake Plain Analog Studies

by Robert E. Glover,
John W. Frink,
H. Boyd Phillips,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 4, Pg. 97-110

Document Type: Journal Paper


Design, construction, and operation of an electric analog to correlate existing geologic and hydrologic data, and to guide future exchange pimping and recharge operations in the Snake River Plain area in Idaho are described. Beneath this plain, fissured lavas form an aquifer of exceptional permeability covering an area of about 12,000 sq miles. Ground-water discharge accounts for 4,500,000 acre-ft of the 7,000,000 acre-ft now flowing uncontrolled out of the area each year. The analog will be used to study the possibilities of developing this groundwater reservoir to supply pumped irrigation water and to store excess surface flows as recharge.

Subject Headings: Analogs | Hydrologic data | Groundwater flow | Hydraulic design | Construction management | Rivers and streams | Volcanic deposits | Aquifers | Idaho | United States

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