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Geophysical Surveys at Lake Poinsett Dam, Poinsett County, Arkansas


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Adams, R.F., Miller, B.V., Payne, J.D., Killion, W.F., Ikard, S.J., and Kress, W.H., 2019, Geophysical Surveys at Lake Poinsett Dam, Poinsett County, Arkansas: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Lake Poinsett is a 260-hectare (640 acres) lake located on Crowley’s Ridge in northeastern Arkansas, approximately 6 km southeast of Harrisburg, Arkansas within Poinsett County. The lake was built for recreation by the Arkansas Highway Department in 1960 by constructing a roughly 800-meter dam across the southern boundary of the Distress Creek watershed. The dam is currently operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). AGFC and Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) plan to drain the lake to allow access for a series of bank stabilization and dam safety improvements. Because none of the original blueprints exist, AGFC asked the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct a series of differential global positioning system [...]


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Utilize geophysical techniques to construct a lithologic model of the Lake Poinsett Dam, analyze its structure and composition, and identify possible seepage pathways within the dam.
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  • USGS Data Release Products
  • USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center



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DOI doi:10.5066/P98YYOEI

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