Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Number 20: 46-50 - November 1958

A publication of the National Speleological Society

The Reservoir Theory of Spring Flow
Jerry Vineyard


The large springs of Missouri have been a source for speculation as to their origin and supply of water. Based on evidence obtained first hand by actual traverse of portions of the subterranean network feeding the springs, it is apparent that large multi-purpose vadose reservoirs supply and control the flow of water into a network of phreatic conduits connecting with the springs. Jerry Vineyard, now serving as an Ensign in the US Navy, was an active member of the Missouri Speleological Survey.

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