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Effect of Fractures on Groundwater Flow Patterns part of Activities
This exercise uses TopoDrive (Hsieh, 2001), a simple, easy-to-use model available from the USGS, to explore the effects of fracture heterogeneities on groundwater flow patterns.

Using the EXCEL Woburn Flow and Transport Model to Teach Modeling Concepts part of Activities
Modeling ties together many subjects taught in an introductory hydrogeology course. The goals of this activity are for students to learn why scientists and engineers use models, what types of models are commonly ...

'A Civil Action' 1-D Transport Game part of 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 ...

Modeling working group: Learning Finite Differences with a Darcy Apparatus part of Activities
Our working group was charged with coming up with ways of introducing FD techniques. This is a visual (lab) methodology for teaching finite differences using a Darcy column. After students have learned Darcy's ...

Evaluation of watershed land-use changes and hydrologic impacts part of Activities
The USDA-NRCS TR55 method for calculating runoff discharge is used to compare the results of land-use change in a watershed. These data are then compared to a Darcy's Law estimate of groundwater discharge to a ...

Groundwater Discharge and Flow Rate part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
This activity allows students to understand the groundwater flow. Using a groundwater map, they will draw flow lines and determine the discharge and rate of flow.

Porosity and Water Flow in Soils part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
Three different types of sediments will be taken and the porosity and water flow rate for each type will be determined. From this activity, students will understand concepts of porosity and water flow through soil ...

Using spring water chemistry to understand groundwater inputs part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
The assignment will begin with teaching proper water collection and use of equipment for hydrochemical field work. Once the class is familiar with sample collecting technques, the class takes a field trip to ...

Geotechnical Part II part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
This geotechnical project allows the student to become familiar with laboratory soil report and construction site maps. Student gain insight to the responsibilities of a Geotechnical Soil Scientist through ...

Soils as Construction Materials part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
This geotechnical project will introduce you with the concept of using soils as construction materials.This project involves characterizing soils using various laboratory analyses and applying the Unified Soil ...