Weathering and Landforms Topics

Groundwater (Part 2)

Groundwater Basics (continued)

Water Table

• Where the water table intersects the ground surface, springs form.

Falling Springs
Falling Springs, Alleghany County (Photograph by Stan Johnson)

MapFalling Springs, shown here, in Alleghany County, is a spring-fed creek that forms a waterfall. 




Hot Springs

• Hot springs form where naturally heated groundwater flows to the surface.

Warm Springs
Warm Springs, Bath County (Photograph courtesy of the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources)

MapHot springs can be found in Bath County.  This photograph shows the Warm Springs bath house, where people come to soak in the hot springs.