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Introduction to Groundwater Assignment

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Colorado State University
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Summary

In this lab, students investigate groundwater flow and water quality within a groundwater well field on the CSU campus. The well field is part of the GroundWater Education and Teaching (GetWET) Observatory.

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Suited for Introductory Geology Laboratory for non-majors or majors.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should have an understanding of basic hydrology, including having been introduced to concepts such as porosity, permeability, Darcy's law, and groundwater flow paths. Basic mathematics skills are also required to complete this assignment.

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In this lab, students investigate groundwater flow and water quality within a groundwater well field on the CSU campus. The well field is part of the GroundWater Education and Teaching (GetWET) Observatory south of the Hilton Inn off Centre Drive. Students determine water flow paths and rates as well as measure water quality parameters such as water temperature, pH, electrical conductivity, and dissolved oxygen.

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