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Lackey, Sue Olafsen, Frank A. Smith, and R. F. Diffendal, Jr. 1998. Holt County Test-Hole Logs: Nebraska Water Survey Test-Hole Report No. 45. (Revised October 2003). University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Conservation and Survey Division.


Published September 1998 (revised October 2003) by the Conservation and Survey Division, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


In 1930, the Conservation and Survey Division of the University of Nebraska and the U.S. Geological Survey began a program of cooperative groundwater studies in Nebraska. Since then test drilling by use of rotary drilling equipment has been an integral part of that program. This report contains logs of all the test holes drilled in Holt County, Nebraska, under the program as well as those drilled by the Conservation and Survey Division with financial assistance from other government agencies.

The map in this report (see figure 1) shows the location of all test holes drilled in Holt County, Nebraska, from 1944 to 2000.

Present techniques of test-hole logging and sampling include use of drilling mud suitable to drilling conditions, timing by stopwatch of the drilling of each 5-foot increment of depth, and removal of all cuttings from the test hole at intervals of 5 feet or less. During the drilling of the hole, cuttings from each interval are examined immediately; samples representing each 5-foot interval and each recognizable change in material are retained. After samples are washed, they are described lithologically and the color is evaluated by comparison with standard color charts. The samples then are dried, stored, and cataloged. Beginning in September 1951, the test holes have been logged electrically (see sample Holt County e-Iog for #54-HP-79) in figure 2. All samples are processed and kept on open file in the offices of Conservation and Survey Division, 113 Nebraska Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0517, 402-472-3471.

This publication is one of a series being issued to make more readily available the record of test holes drilled since 1930. The series of publications is made on a county basis and includes, with some exceptions, logs of all test holes drilled in each of the counties. The logs have not been reviewed for conformance with editorial standards and nomenclature. The method whereby the altitude of the land surface at test-hole sites was determined is indicated in the heading of each log, as follows: a = altimeter, h = hand leveling, I = leveling, t = estimated from topographic map.