Water Quality Assessment: Computer Analysis
Use computer software to generate diagrams that facilitate the examination of ion concentrations in ground-water and the chemical evolution of organic compounds in an oil spill.
In part one, students use Piper and Stiff diagrams to identify water chemistry changes along a flow path and speculate on the possible causes of increased total dissolved solids and ion concentrations.
In part two, students use a ternary diagram to study the transport and natural attenuation of benzene-toluene-xylene (BTX) in an oil spill, seeing how BTX is used for oil spill site characterizations.
- Experience the ground-water investigation process from computational data analysis to final interpretation.
- Become better prepared for environmental employment.
Context for Use
This is the second of nine one-week exercises designed for a senior-level undergraduate lecture/lab hydrogeology course.
- Computer software that can generate Piper, Stiff, and ternary diagrams.
- A potentiometric-surface map of an aquifer.
- Water chemistry data from five wells with increasing distance from the recharge area.
- Three BTX data sets.
References and Resources
- Lee, 1998, Hands-On Laboratory Exercises for an Undergraduate Hydrogeology Course. Journal of Geoscience Education v. 46, p. 433. Contact the author to request furthur details and copies of the laboratory exercises.
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Controlled Vocabulary Terms
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity, Audio/Visual:Maps, Computer Applications, Datasets and Tools:Datasets
Special Interest: Quantitative, Hazards:Oil Spills
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Quantitative Skills: Problem Solving, Graphs
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Quantitative Skills Activity Type: Lab Activity
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Hazards, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology