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Pathogenic Microorganisms in Water part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
This activity introduces students to sampling and testing for microorganisms in different water sources. It also tests iodine tablets to kill coliform bacteria which interest many students. The activity utilizes ...

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Health Topics: Biogenic Hazards, Waterborne Transport Processes

Save Crooked Creek! Remediation of a Service Station Site with a Leaking UST part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
The student group (3 to 4 persons) is given information regarding a leaking UST at a gasoline station in western Pennsylvania; a page detailing the history of the problem and a small sketch map if the site. They ...

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Health Topics: Organic Compounds, Waterborne Transport Processes

Teaching the nitrogen cycle and human health interactions part of Cutting Edge:Geology and Human Health:Workshop 04:Activities
This activity uses objects, pictures, and text in a matching game to define the nitrogen cycle and the environmental and human health impacts of nitrogen. The game can be used to associate useful and detrimental ...

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Health Topics: Other, Waterborne Transport Processes, Organic Compounds

Using Data From the Arsenic Problem in Bangladesh part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
The Arsenic in drinking water issue in Bangladesh presents a unique opportunity to motivate studying hydrogeology in context of water resources issues in the developing world. Students learn about health and social ...

Health Topics: Waterborne Transport Processes, Heavy Metals

'A Civil Action' 1-D Transport Game part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
The 'A Civil Action' 1-D Transport Game is executed in an EXCEL spreadsheet and is designed to help students learn why models are used by scientists and engineers and what procedures must be met to ...

Health Topics: Waterborne Transport Processes, Organic Compounds

TCE Transport to Woburn Wells G and H part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Transport of TCE to municipal wells G and H in Woburn, Massachusetts and link between the consumption of the polluted water and the cluster of childhood leukemia cases in east Woburn in were the central scientific ...

Health Topics: Waterborne Transport Processes, Organic Compounds

Induced Infiltration Animation: Woburn Wells G & H and the Aberjona River part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Induced infiltration of surface water into an unconfined aquifer by municipal wells is a common occurrence and an increasingly important regulatory issue across the U.S. The role of the Aberjona River in providing ...

Health Topics: Waterborne Transport Processes, Organic Compounds

Arsenic on Main St., Unity ME part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
The ultimate plan is organizing a "Water Quality Fair" for residents of the Unity, ME area (rural farming region). Conceptually, students would analyze water samples brought into the community center ...

Health Topics: Minerals, Heavy Metals, Organic Compounds, Analytical Techniques

Superfund Case Study part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This exercise is meant to reinforce concepts covered in the whole course. It helps students integrate concepts from risk and toxicology, air, water and soil pollution, regulation and remediation technology.

Health Topics: Heavy Metals, Public Policy, Waterborne Transport Processes, Organic Compounds, Airborne Transport Processes

Libby Amphibole Asbestos part of Cutting Edge:Geology and Human Health:Case Studies
Libby, Montana, a small town nestled in the northwestern corner of the state, is a humble town, a great destination for anglers and hunters. What many people don't know about Libby, is the lurking danger hanging over the heads of the 3,000 or so Libby residents. Located nearby is an old vermiculite mine that has created a health hazard dealing with asbestos. The old mine was used for acquiring vermiculite, that was used for insulation, shingles, and other construction materials. Imbedded in the vermiculite is a form of asbestos that was released into the air when the vermiculite was processed, creating an abundance of the fibers released into the atmosphere around Libby. The health risk, amplified by human activity, has always been a health hazard due to natural geologic deposits of vermiculite containing asbestos, in and around the Libby area.

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