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Hydrogeology of the Sweet Springs Valley, Monroe County, WV

The eastern side of Monroe County, WV, has a small exposure of Cambro-Ordovician age limestone along Peters Mountain, a thrust of platform carbonates over the more famous Mississippian-age karst formations of Monroe and Greenbrier counties. The Sweet Springs valley has a large number of both small and large karst springs, including historic Sweet Springs, one of the oldest utilized springs in the region, dating back to the 18th century. There is also a spring bottled water enterprise that has 3 times won gold medals at the Berkeley Springs Water Tasting competition. The water resources in this area are thought to be pristine, but largely undocumented. A 2006 M.S. thesis by WVU grad student Geoff Richards describes spring occurence and hydrogeology of this aquifer