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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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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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Final Project for Introductory Soils Course part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
These assignments represent scaffolding for a self-directed final project.

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Basic Chemistry Review part of Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
This assignment reviews basic of chemistry for students who should have had 2 introductory semesters of basic chemistry prior to enrolling in the Fundamental of Water Quality course for which the assignment is ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions part of Activities
This activity has three exercises: measuring groundwater flow and velocity, measuring vertical gradients in piezometers, and sampling a well field. These field exercises are meant to give students better ...

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.