Porosity and Water Flow in Soils

Tej Gautam, Marietta College

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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 material.



Undergraduate hydrogeology course or related topics in geology.

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Content/concepts goals for this activity

-Understanding porosity and permeability

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Aquifer concepts and properties

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Porosity and Permeability of a Soil Material (Acrobat (PDF) 104kB Apr14 13)

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