Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Sklash, M. G.,






The feature investigated in this study is located in Rochester Township east of Woodslee, and trends northwest-southeast. The purpose of this study is to verify the young groundwater noted by Cmokrak (1991), verify the presence of the feature noted by Morris (1989), and determine the hydrogeologic effect of this buried feature on groundwater recharge to the freshwater aquifer. Another objective is to determine if the feature is a recharge area. Water samples were analyzed for oxygen-18, tritium, and major ions. Soil samples were analyzed for grain size distribution, lithology, and stratigraphy. Pore water analyzed for oxygen-18. Hydraulic heads, and hydraulic conductivities were determined at the wells to determine groundwater velocities along and perpendicular to the feature. The young water is confirmed by the isotope study. Stratigraphy supports the theory that the feature is an esker. The tritium data indicates rapid infiltration over the feature. Groundwater flow along the feature from south to north is demonstrated by hydraulic heads, isotopic data, and chemical data. Groundwater flow away from the feature is also indicated by the hydraulic heads. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .A458. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-01, page: 0249. Supervisor: M. G. Sklash. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1991.