Masters Theses


"Mineralized ground water occurs at some localities in southeastern St. Louis and northern Jefferson counties, Missouri. This water is usually undesirable and is detrimental to development of ground water resources.

Water well records in the offices of the Missouri Geological Survey and Water Resources provided data for a study of structure, lithology and occurrence of ground water. Water well drillers and property owners were interviewed to obtain additional information concerning drilling problems and quality of water.

Geologic cross-sections, subsurface contour maps and isochlorinity maps aided the study of lithology, structure and areal distribution of mineralized ground water. Relationship is suggested between occurrence of mineralized water and lithology and structure. Relatively impermeable lithologies which act as barriers to the movement of ground water, and structural depressions which act as traps, retard the flushing of mineralized water by fresh meteoric water.

Localities where mineralized water occurs with respect to two ground water zones are shown on geologic cross-sections and subsurface contour maps of the principal water bearing formations, the Keokuk-Burlington and the Kimmswick"--Abstract, page iii.


Maxwell, James C.

Committee Member(s)

Spreng, Alfred C., 1923-2012
Heagler, John B., 1924-1999
Proctor, Paul Dean, 1918-1999


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Geology


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

Publication Date



vi, 99 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 52).

Geographic Coverage

Jefferson County, Missouri
St. Louis County, Missouri


© 1960 Willard Glennon Owens, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Groundwater -- Missouri -- Saint Louis County -- Analysis
Groundwater -- Missouri -- Jefferson County -- Analysis
Geology -- Missouri -- Saint Louis County
Geology -- Missouri -- Jefferson County

Thesis Number

T 1242

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Owens_Willard_1960_Figure_3.tif (47665 kB)
Location of Geologic Cross-Sections and Water Wells described in this study

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Composite stratigraphic sections showing stratigraphic thicknesses and descriptions of formations

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Geologic Cross-Section of A-A’

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Geologic Cross Section B-B’

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Geologic Cross-Section C-C’

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Geologic Cross-Section D-D’

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Geologic Cross-Section E-E’

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Subsurface contour map of the top of the Keokuk-Burlington Formation

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Subsurface contour map of the top of the Kimmswick Formation

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Subsurface contour map of the top of the St. Peter Formation

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Isochlorinity map showing areal distribution of chloride ion concentration in ground water in the Keokuk-Burlington zone

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Isochlorinity map showing areal distribution of chloride ion concentration in ground water in the Kimmswick zone

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