Masters Theses


"Governmental and private agencies have proposed construction of multiple purpose dams in the Meramec River Basin for flood control, conservation, recreation and possible power development. Evaluation of the effects of reservoirs created by these dams on ground water conditions has not been published. Study of possible effects led to the thesis that prediction of changes in ground water conditions could be made.

Several limited applications of ground water geology techniques to the problem of reservoir-ground water relations were studied; no thorough previous studies were found. Apparently, complete studies have not been undertaken by even the larger agencies.

Inspection of the Meramec Basin disclosed features normally found in a region of temperate, humid climate and karst topography. Evaluation of the Meramec State Park, Virginia Mines and St. Clair reservoir sites, construction of cross sections, geologic maps, reservoir area overlays and study of well logs led to the conclusion that water stored in these reservoirs would leak into adjacent formations. The existence of caves and associated solution cavities, old mine workings, reported joint patterns and a gentle regional dip downstream are factors contributing to leakage. Predictions about anticipated changes in elevation of the ground water table are made. Pumping tests, installation of observation wells and detailed investigation of a power reservoir site are recommended"--Abstract, p. ii


James C. Maxwell

Committee Member(s)

Oliver R. Grawe
Vernon A. C. Gevecker
Thomas S. Fry


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Geology


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

Publication Date



v, 61 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 57-60)


© 1963 John H. Anderson, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Thesis Number

T 1491

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