The NSS Bulletin - ISSN 1090-6924
Volume 36 Number 3: 1-7 - July 1974

A publication of the National Speleological Society

A Survey of Springs Along the Green and Barren Rivers, Central Kentucky Karst
John W. Hess, Steve G. Wells and Thomas A. Brucker


Study of the springs in the Central Kentucky Karst is an important link in developing an understanding of the hydrogeology and geochemistry of the ground water in that region. The locations and descriptions of 105 springs discharging along the Green and Barren rivers were compiled over a three-year period, disproving the assumption that the Central Kentucky Karst aquifer is drained by a few large springs. Temperature difference and electrical conductivity methods were used for the verification and location of the springs and are considered to have been valuable adjuncts to visual detection. Eighty-one springs along the Green River between Munfordville and Browsville, Kentucky and 24 springs along the Barren River between Polkville and Bowling Green, Kentucky were located and described. Most of these springs are new to the literature on the area. They are classified as alluviated or as gravity springs, based on their morphology at pool stage of the rivers, and as large or as local springs, based on their discharge and specific conductance.

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