Surficial Aquifers

Surficial Aquifers of Nova Scotia

Surficial deposits of sand and gravel with sufficient saturated thickness and extent typically constitute excellent sources of groundwater with respect to both quality and quantity. Over the past 40 years, many of Nova Scotia’s surficial aquifers have been mapped and assessed at varying scales in local to regional groundwater exploration/assessment reports.

In addition, the province’s mainland and Cape Breton Island  surficial geology, and the province’s sand and gravel deposits for aggregate use, have been mapped.

In order to improve our understanding of surficial aquifers in Nova Scotia, a preliminary inventory and characterization of surficial aquifers in the province was conducted.  The approach relied on the analysis of existing stratigraphic information, such as water well and government test hole logs, and relevant historical groundwater assessment reporting.

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The maps are available here (PDF):

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The digital production is available here:

OFM ME 2013-005 For Sheet 21A/10 OFM ME 2013-005 For Sheet 21A/10 OFM ME 2013-003 For Sheet 21A/12 OFM ME 2013-004 For Sheet 21A/11 OFM ME 2013-005 For Sheet 21A/10