The Stonor Park well, measuring levels in the Chalk aquifer near Henley on Thames. Its hydrogeological setting, and the absence of major abstractions in its vicinity, mean it is often cited as a 'typical' chalk observation well.
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|Datum||121.29 m AOD|
|Monitored by||EA Thames|
The borehole monitors water level in the Berkshire Downs Chalk above Henley on Thames. It is drilled into the Lewes Nodular Chalk. The aquifer is unconfined.
The well consists of a 2.2 metre diameter shaft to 60 metres and a 152 mm diameter borehole to 87.5 metres.
This hydrograph has a very regular annual sinusoidal pattern, capturing the aquifer's full range of fluctuation, although analysis suggests that there may be a constraint on low levels. As levels don't reach the bottom of the well, the constraint may be hydrogeological.
The relative simplicity of the borehole's response to recharge has meant that it is frequently cited as a typical Chalk well, and used in modelling exercises to link precipitation, recharge and water level. The Chalk block monitored by Stonor is, in fact, slightly atypical in that it is one of the larger blocks without surface drainage, and responses to individual recharge events are damped.
Flow in the Assendon spring is initiated when water levels reach 85.5 metres aod, which tends to occur around once per decade.
Uninterrupted weekly data from 1963.
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