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Temperature and geophysical data collected along the Quashnet River, Mashpee/Falmouth MA


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Briggs, M.A., Scruggs, C.R., Hurley, S.T., and White, E.A., 2018, Temperature and geophysical data collected along the Quashnet River, Mashpee/Falmouth MA: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The temperature and surface geophysical data contained in this release have primarily been collected to support groundwater/surface water methods development, and to characterize the hydrogeological controls on native brook trout habitat. All data have been collected since 2010 along the Quashnet River corridor located on Cape Cod, MA, USA. Cape Cod is a peninsula in southeastern coastal Massachusetts, USA, composed primarily of highly permeable unconsolidated glacial moraine and outwash deposits. The largest of the Cape Cod sole-source aquifers occupies a western (landward) section of the peninsula, and is incised by several linear valleys that drain groundwater south to the Atlantic Ocean via baseflow-dominated streams. Strong groundwater [...]

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There are multiple purposes for which this data has been collected, though they all relate to the characterization of physical groundwater/surface water exchange processes. Surface geophysical data are typically to spatially map shallow geologic structure and pore water electrical conductivity. Temperature data collected in the water column are used to locate groundwater discharge zones and understand stream channel heat fluxes. Streambed temperature data are used for a variety of purposes, including the estimation of saturated thermal properties and vertical water fluxes.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7PN93QF

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