Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Geosciences

First Advisor's Name

Rene M. Price

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

M. R. Savabi

Third Advisor's Name

Michael Sukop

Fourth Advisor's Name

Michael Gross

Date of Defense

1-20-2005

Abstract

Hydraulic conductivity was determined for samples from the Biscayne Aquifer in Miami Florida at bench and field scales. Hydraulic conductivity values obtained were examined for increase due to scale and for anisotropy. Bench scale testing was performed on Key Largo Limestone cubes for total porosity, effective porosity, and hydraulic conductivity. Total porosity was determined by drying and weighing, while effective porosity was determined by submersion. Hydraulic conductivity was determined in a permeameter for each axis of each cube. Field scale testing of hydraulic conductivity was performed with slug tests in the Miami Oolite Formation at the Homestead General Airport. Aquifer scale values for hydraulic conductivity were taken from the literature. Hydraulic conductivity was found to increase with scale in the - Biscayne Aquifer. Furthermore, it increased greatly above an effective porosity of 33 percent. Anisotropy was found to vary in cubes with depth and in proximity to a dense laminated layer.

Identifier

FI14062291

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Geology Commons

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