Subsidence by Rising and Fluctuating Ground Water

by Nikola P. Prokopovich, US Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Present studies by the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation in California indicate that under certain geologic conditions similar subsidence can also be caused by rising ground-water levels, which creates a flotation condition; and periodic fluctuation (lowering and complete recovery) of ground-water levels without an actual decline. Both types of subsidence may be present in California's Central Valley. The possibilities of subsidence generated by these conditions should be considered in the planning and design of all water developments.

Subject Headings: Land subsidence | Groundwater depletion | Water resources | Groundwater management | Water reclamation | Resource management | Consolidated soils | Land reclamation | California | United States

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