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TitleHydrogeological terrains and typical settings of southern Ontario
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AuthorSharpe, D RORCID logo; Piggott, A
SourceRegional-Scale Groundwater Geoscience in Southern Ontario: An Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Conservation Ontario Geoscientists Open House; by Russell, H A JORCID logo; Ford, D; Holysh, S; Priebe, E H; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8528, 2019 p. 27, Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesOntario Geological Survey, Open File Report 6349
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
PublisherGovernment of Ontario
MeetingRegional-Scale Groundwater Geoscience in Southern Ontario: Open House; Guelph; CA; February 27-28, 2019
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Regional-Scale Groundwater Geoscience in Southern Ontario: An Ontario Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, and Conservation Ontario Geoscientists Open House
File formatpdf
NTS30; 31B; 31C; 31D; 31E; 31G; 40; 41A; 41G; 41H/03; 41H/04; 41H/05; 41H/06; 41H/12; 41H/13
AreaSouthern Ontario; Great Lakes
Lat/Long WENS -84.0000 -74.0000 46.0000 41.5000
Subjectshydrogeology; regional geology; surficial geology/geomorphology; groundwater; aquifers; groundwater resources; groundwater regimes; groundwater flow; surface waters; streams; terrain analysis; terrain types; topography; bedrock geology; sediments; climate; water wells; hydrologic environment; Water supply; Phanerozoic; Cenozoic; Quaternary; Paleozoic; Precambrian
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience Aquifer Assessment & support to mapping
Released2019 02 08
AbstractGroundwater is an important component of the hydrologic cycle of southern Ontario, which is significant to water supply and to groundwater discharge to surface water. To improve our understanding of groundwater, we develop a framework of typical terrains or hydrogeological settings that use geologic and topographic controls to describe how water moves through the southern Ontario landscape. Surface sediment and bedrock types, permeability, physiography and topographic gradients yield distinctive regional hydrogeological settings. Hence, we review a small number of hydrogeological settings, which contribute to a simple characterization of regional surface water and groundwater conditions across southern Ontario. Climate, stream and well monitoring data are integrated with local terrain information to assess the hydrological and hydrogeological response of typical settings. In each setting, the movement of water has differences in fluxes and temporal patterns as it flows across the surface and through the subsurface. We describe seven hydrogeological settings: five in sediment (clay, sand, till upland, till complex, and gravel); and two in bedrock. The selected hydrogeological settings characterize ~90% of all terrain at the regional scale based on a simplified geological map of southern Ontario. The identified settings cover large areas, and include several different sediment/ bedrock landscapes of the Paleozoic basin and Shield margin. It is expected that the main hydrogeological characteristics and hydrologic behaviour of these settings are represented in the hydrograph trends for each terrain.
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