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Ground Water Feature

Write a narrative using the questions to describe the ground water feature you have selected.

Identify the geographical location (city, state, and county) of this feature. Answer the following questions in your narrative.

1. how was this feature formed? what forces, over a period of time, contributed to its formation?

2.what are the predictions for future activity related to this feature?

3. What interesting facts or stories are related to this ground water feature? For example, the recommendations and current efforts to balance withdrawal and recharge, recreation and or tourism that is available, etc)

I have been researching the Waitomo Caves in New Zealand and the Karst Lake in Doberdo del Lago, Italy but am unable to find information to answer the questions for the narrative. Can anyone help?

4. Be sure to address whether or not there is potential for contamination of this ground water and the steps that could be taken to protect it.

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Hi,

Interesting question! I can see what you mean about locating information for each question, but my on-line search turned up some relevant information to consider for your final narrative. Let's take a closer look at each question.

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Let's look at the Waitomo Caves in New Zealand in terms of the 4 questions.

Q: I have been researching the Waitomo Caves in New Zealand and the Karst Lake in Doberdo del Lago, Italy but am unable to find information to answer the questions for the narrative. Can anyone help?

1. a. Identify the geographical location (city, state, and county) of this feature. Answer the following questions in your narrative.

The Waitomo Caves are located in Waitomo, New Zealand, a tiny town with a population of only about 300, which in a year is visited by more than half a million people.

b. How was this feature formed? What forces, over a period of time, contributed to its formation?

There are fifty kilometers of caves that help create a karst limestone landscape with blind valleys, sinkholes and springs. The caves are rich with stalactites and stalagmites, which form an underground fantasyland with mythic figures that can fill one with awe. The centrepiece of Waitomo attractions is the Glow-Worm Cave, the most popular of the Waitomo caves, with an underground river running through it, which we will focus on. The cave has various unique limestone formations, including the underground river. In fact, caves riddle the whole Waitomo region e.g. the Glow-Worm, Ruakuri and Aranui Caves. No river runs through the Aranui Cave, so there are no glow-worms (which live in moist environments) there. A tour through the Aranui Cave takes about 45 minutes. Hollow "straw" stalactites are a feature of the Aranui. There are no walking tours through the Ruakuri Cave, which is open only for blackwater rafting. It is a large, active cave with dripping caverns where stalactites and ...

Solution Summary

This solution responds to the questions concerning chosen ground water feature.

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