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This study focuses on a review of the past recharge estimates and associated uncertainties for the southeastern Mojave region, and it considers the results of the observed flow patterns of the springs and recent radiocarbon analyses on selected spring waters, to narrow the range of plausible estimates.
When using discharge, the components are generally more accurately quantifiable and thus they provide a more reliable assessment of the overall average recharge across the region, based on the ability to reflect the integrated recharge of a larger area, compared to local precipitation gauges and evapotranspiration stations.
This is a geologically diverse area and it falls within the Eastern California Shear Zone, an area of fault-rotated bedrock mountain ranges, elongated along variable orientations, and surrounded by broad alluvial valleys with internal drainage (Figure 2).
The easternmost portion of the study area has drainage to the Colorado River which then flows south toward Mexico.
Estimating groundwater recharge in arid or semiarid regions can be a difficult and complex task, since it is dependent on a highly variable set of spatial and temporal hydrologic parameters and processes that are dependent on the local climate, the land surface properties, and subsurface characteristics.
As a result, traditional methods for estimating the recharge can result in a wide range of derived values.