Multiyear-drought impact on hydrologic conditions in South Carolina, water years 1998-2001

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Kiuchi, Masaaki
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2002-03
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Droughts--South Carolina , Hydrology--South Carolina
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South Carolina has been in a continuous drought since June 1998, near the end of Water Year 1998. The impact of this multiyear drought on South Carolina's hydrologic system- its streams, lakes, and aquifers- is becoming increasingly apparent. In summary, the hydrologic effects shown here are due, directly or indirectly, to the multiyear drought. While streamflows can increase quickly after rainfall, and lakes and ponds can be replenished by a tropical system, the recovery of ground water takes considerably longer. It will, therefore, take several consecutive normal or wet periods for ground water levels to recover from this multiyear drought and return to normal conditions.
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South Carolina State Library
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