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GroMoPo Metadata for Silver Bell Mountains model

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This study examines the groundwater characteristics in the Silver Bell Mountains, Arizona, USA, using a numerical model. Groundwater modeling is developed to describe the flow pattern in the study area and subsequently explores the possible interaction with regional porphyry copper deposits. A conceptual model is developed for the study area and regional hydrogeological conditions are simulated using the finite-difference groundwater flow model, MODFLOW-2005. The model results show that groundwater flow in the Silver Bell Mountains is strongly influenced by topography and its velocity varies with depth. In addition, the numerical model supports the idea of a continuous sustained interaction between groundwater flow and porphyry copper deposits in the Silver Bell Mountains. This interaction may result in continuing leaching of trace elements from the ore deposit, an important implication for continuing supergene alteration and enrichment of the porphyry copper deposit.

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Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS 84 EPSG:4326
Coordinate Units:
Decimal degrees
Place/Area Name:
United States
North Latitude
East Longitude
South Latitude
West Longitude


Additional Metadata

Name Value
DOI 10.1007/s12665-011-1418-9
Depth 670
Scale 11 - 101 km²
Layers 7
Purpose Groundwater resources;Groundwater contamination
GroMoPo_ID 191
IsVerified True
Model Code MODFLOW
Model Link
Model Time SS
Model Year 2012
Model Authors Jaramillo-Nieves, LG; Ge, S
Model Country United States
Data Available Report/paper only
Developer Email;
Dominant Geology Siliciclastic sedimentary (sandstones, shales)
Developer Country USA
Publication Title Groundwater modeling of the Silver Bell Mountains, Arizona, USA
Original Developer No
Additional Information A groundwater model examining recharge in a mining area of the Silverbell Mountains in Arizona, USA. The model aims to assess if there is risk of mine leachates from entering recharge zones to the local aquifer.
Integration or Coupling
Evaluation or Calibration Static water levels
Geologic Data Availability Yes

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