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Overview of Fresh and Brackish Water Quality - San Marcial-Engle Basins

The San Marcial and Engle Basins are axially-linked basins of the southern Rio Grande Rift system that connect the Socorro Basin with the Palomas Basin to the south (Connell et al., 2005). The Engle Basin is an east-tilted half graben containing ~2,000 feet of basin-fill material. Compared to other groundwater basins of the Rio Grande Rift, information specific to these two basins is limited. The compiled data contains only 32 data points for both basins. This very incomplete record indicates water in these basins is relatively fresh, with only four wells exceeding 1000 mg/l TDS.

This project is funded by the New Mexico Environment Department, Drinking Water Bureau, under Source Water Protection.

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Lewis Land Hydrogeologist,

Overview of Fresh and Brackish Water Quality in New Mexico - San Marcial-Engle Basins

Summary sheet available for free download.
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