Classroom, Lab and Field Exercises in Hydrogeology
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River of the Dammed part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
This activity is designed to engage students in an active debate about land use and planning, human populations, ecosystems, and sustainability by assigning every student to a "community" along a ...
Environmental Geochemistry Class Project part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
This is a inquiry-driven class research project on a local environmental geochemistry question that is accomplished during three-hour laboratory sessions each week. Students are divided into groups that will share ...
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.
Soil Ecology Lab part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
Students collect soil samples from places of interest around campus and run a series of basic soil analyses to make conclusions about how soil fertility relates to the biological community and human management.
Round Robin Field Methods Protocols for Improved Outcomes part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
This activity provides an approach to teach field methods that is programmed to avoid common pitfalls in teaching field methods to students. The two common problems that are avoided is familiarity with equipment ...
Working with USGS discharge data part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
In this exercise, we use the USGS real-time data available online, and use it to construct a rating curve for the Walla Walla river near Touchet. We then make a simple model of flood inundation in ArcGIS for the ...
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.
Spreadsheet analysis of chemical hydrographs part of Activities
This is a good activity to have students practice spreadsheet analysis skills on a medium large data set. It also helps them understand stream hydrographs and baseflow/quickflow components.
Borehole Logging from Sample Collection to Borehole Geophysics part of Activities
Drilling the borehole is only the beginning. Data collection, handling and interpretation are the most important aspects to the field hydrogeologist. This session will use an exercise that combines both physical ...
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 ...