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Glacial Deposits of New Jersey

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Synopsis: Morning lecture-format presentations will be followed by an afternoon field trip (bring hard hat!) to provide students the opportunity to examine several types of glacial sediment first-hand.
Start Time: Friday, March 21, 2014 9:00 AM
End Time: Friday, March 21, 2014 4:30 PM
Location: Off-Campus Locations
Address: No Street Address
Campus: Off Campus
Room: Pequest Trout Hatchery
City, State, Country: Oxford, NJ US
Fee: See website
Sponsor: Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education
Category: Workshop, Course
Web Site: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ew0109ca.html
Contact Name: Pamela Mayer
Contact Email: pspring@rci.rutgers.edu
Contact Phone: (732) 932-9271 ext. 626
Additional Information:

Glacial aquifers provide about 40% of the groundwater supply in northern New Jersey. These aquifers can be highly productive, but they are also susceptible to depletion and pollution due to their small size, locally high permeability, and proximity to the surface. Management and assessment of this valuable groundwater resource starts with an understanding of the geology involved. The quantity and flowpaths of water in the aquifers, and the recharge of water in the aquifers, are determined by the location and extent of permeable sand and gravel aquifer beds and impermeable silt, clay, and till confining beds. The geologic environment and physical processes leading to the deposition of these beds helps to determine their distribution as well.

Although this course is designed for the non-specialist, some familiarity with introductory geologic concepts is helpful. The lectures, field trip and accompanying text will:

  • Provide an overview of the glacial geology of NJ, including the distribution, thickness, and lithology of tills, glacial lake, and glacial stream sediment.
  • Describe the processes by which glacial sediment is deposited, and the physical character of the sediment itself.
  • Outline the stratigraphy and hydrogeologic behavior of the several types of glacial aquifers in NJ.
  • Review the well yields, specific capacities, hydraulic conductivities, storativities, flowpaths, and recharge routes for glacial aquifers in NJ.
Target Audience: General Public