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Dynamic Reservoir - In-class activity

Cynthia Fadem, Earlham College

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This is an in-class activity analyzing our drinking water reservoir, but would apply to any reservoir for which there are basic crest/elevation data and maps available.



I use this activity in my upper-level elective, Hydrogeology. With a bit more text/instruction it could be adapted to an introductory lab setting as well.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

basic calculation (area, volume, rates of change)
basic geoscientific reasoning/problem-solving

How the activity is situated in the course

in-class group project (follows visit to the reservoir and treatment facility, but such a visit is not necessary to complete the assignment)


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Description and Teaching Materials

in-class reservoir analysis PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 176kB May20 13)
in-class reservoir analysis doc (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 1.8MB May20 13)

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