Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton: UOG students study features of karst hydrogeology with DoD environmental specialists


Students and professors from the University of Guam and the Western Pacific Water and Environmental Research Institute studied the characteristics of the karst terrain at Andersen Air Force Base on October 8. Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas environmental specialists assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz escorted and introduced the group to the two major categories of naturally formed closed depressions of karst terrain during the tour, solution sinkholes and cenotes, which are both sinkholes.

Karst refers to the study of underground channels formed by the dissolution of rock. Karst hydrogeology broadens the field of study to include groundwater that flows into karst systems.

Jenson described the experience as “a world-class example of best practice collaboration in the realization and use of applied science to solve local practical problems. Integrating our collaboration into our higher education program is an extremely valuable investment in our local professional workforce. ”

“This trip demonstrated the exceptional working relationship we have between WERI / UOG and our Department of Defense Environmental Department,” said Brian Antolin, NAVFAC Marianas Environmental Compliance Officer, MCB Camp Blaz. “Camp Blaz Environmental is grateful for the generosity of Dr. Jensen for the time he has devoted to sharing his extensive knowledge of hydrogeology, applicable to our ongoing military construction. “

This press release was produced by Pendleton Marine Corps Base Camp. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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