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Hydrogeology field trip students admire a bailer full of gasoline drawn from a monitoring well at a gas station.

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Pathogenic Microorganisms in Water part of 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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Mixing oil and water: Reinforcing groundwater concepts through comparisons with petroleum migration part of Activities
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 ...

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When Does Aquifer Heterogeneity Matter? Predicting the Influence of Alternative Conceptual Models on Contaminant Plume Migration part of Activities
In this classroom activity, students are given two alternative conceptualizations of aquifer/aquitard distributions in a glacial aquifer system and asked to predict differences in the migration of contaminant ...

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Watershed area and discharge relationships part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
Students use USGS WaterData website to find data on area, average annual discharge and response to high-precip events in small watersheds in southern New England. Data for the class are compiled to generate graphs ...

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Exploring Cation Exchange Capacity through the use of the Soil Survey part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
This assignment allows students to utilize real soil data/information presented online to learn how the some of the physical properties of the soil influence the chemistry of the soil and health of the ecosystem.

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Field observations of mass transport part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
In this activity students use published data from the Massachusetts Military Reservation to observe and predict mass transport parameters.

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Introduction to Carbonate Equilibrium part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
The activity asks students to make observations about what occurs when two effervescent antacid tablets are placed into a beaker of water. The Students work together in groups. There are three parts to the ...

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Observations on Darcy's Law part of Activities
Students measure flow rates through the Darcy columns made of water bottles filled with different types and amount of porous material. They observe how all of the parameters in Darcy's law affect the flow ...

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Water Resources part of Activities
This activity will demonstrate how water quality and environmental health issues can be analyzed together, how hydrologic information can be built up, and how decisions can be made using GIS.

A Simple Approach to Improve Student Writing part of Activities
I demonstrate a simple approach to help students think and write scientifically/critically. The approach uses the journalistic questions of who, what, where, when, how, and why.

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