These teaching activities have been contributed by participants in Cutting Edge workshops and related to the themes of this workshop - hydrogeology, soils, low-temperature geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and upper-division environmental science. You may also access the full listing of Teaching Activities on the Cutting Edge website.Help
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Quantifying Groundwater Baseflow and Improving Math Skills through a Stream-Discharge Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
James Reichard, Georgia Southern University
A two-part exercise is presented where students quantify stream discharge and use the data to determine groundwater baseflow. They first use tedious hand calculations to compute discharge; then develop their own ...
Pathogenic Microorganisms in Water part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Melissa Lenczewski, Northern Illinois University
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 ...
Save Crooked Creek! Remediation of a Service Station Site with a Leaking UST part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Dr. Paul Ryberg, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
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 ...
Using Wetlands to Teach Hydrogeology part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Catherine Carlson, Eastern Connecticut State University
Field exercises (surface-water, vadose-zone, and groundwater hydrology), in which students generate their own data throughout the semester, are presented for teaching hydrogeological concepts, techniques, and ...
Using Visual MODFLOW to Simulate Groundwater Flow and Transport part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Tim Callahan, College of Charleston
Investigate the Dupuit Approximation to describe groundwater flow in an unconfined aquifer, using a computer spreadsheet program and Visual MODFLOW (Waterloo Hydrogeologic, Inc.). The major strength of this ...
Dye Trace Experiment using "Aerial" Imagery part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Martin Helmke, Dickinson College
This exercise allows students monitor a dye plume in a stream using digital images collected by "remote aerial tramway".
Mixing oil and water: Reinforcing groundwater concepts through comparisons with petroleum migration part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Larry Lemke, Wayne State University
A guided brainstorming exercise for discovering similarities and differences between groundwater flow and oil migration. It provides an opportunity for students to make connections between hydrogeology and ...
Constraints and Implications of Groundwater Temperature on the Formation of Mississippi Valley-type Zn-Pb Deposits part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Martin Appold, University of Missouri-Columbia
This assignment illustrates the role of groundwater in transporting heat and its implications for the formation of hydrothermal ore deposits. The assignment uses a combination of graphs and algebraic equations that ...
Wooster Case Study - Capture Curve Analysis part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Terry Lahm, Capital University
This Excel based exercise has students calculate the shape of the capture zone of a contaminant recovery well. Students perform a sensitivity analysis by varying aquifer and pumping parameters to observe the impact ...
Using Excel for Aquifer Test part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Entry level undergraduate students who use commercial software packages for aquifer test often feel frustrated and distant from real field test. This session introduces a method of aquifer test using Excel ...