Classroom, Lab and Field Exercises in Hydrogeology

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Rivers and Floods in Tampa FL on the Sulphur Springs Quadrangle part of Activities
This activity takes place in a laboratory setting and requires ~1.5-2 hours to complete. Students study a topographic map, draw drainage divides, calculate recurrence intervals for two streams, create a recurrence ...

Groundwater in Tampa FL on the Sulphur Springs Quadrangle part of Activities
This activity takes place in a laboratory setting and requires ~1.5-2 hours to complete. Students learn that the karst landscape around Tampa FL formed as a result of the soluble limestone bedrock. Students map ...

Soil Ecology Lab part of , Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
Students collect soil samples from places of interest around campus and run a series of basic soil analyses to make conclusions about how soil fertility relates to the biological community and human management.

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In-classroom Pumping Test part of Activities
Students conduct a pumping test in a sand-filled basin or tank in the classroom with either a siphon drain or small fountain pump. Drawdown is measured in small piezometers and students analyze the data to ...

Soils —Field Characterization, Collection, and Laboratory Analysis part of , Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
Field characterization of soil profiles in coniferous and deciduous settings; sample collection of soils from different horizons; laboratory analysis of soil moisture, soil organic carbon (by loss on ignition), and ...

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Exploring Cation Exchange Capacity through the use of the Soil Survey part of , Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
This assignment allows students to utilize real soil data/information presented online to learn how the some of the physical properties of the soil influence the chemistry of the soil and health of the ecosystem.

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Calcium (Ca) availability to ecosystems: Weathering of limestone, apatite, and Ca-plagioclase (anorthite) part of , Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
Sequence of laboratory activities to develop familiarity with geochemistry bench laboratory experimental methods; demonstration of different weathering rates of different Ca-bearing minerals; connection between ...

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Round Robin Field Methods Protocols for Improved Outcomes part of , Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
This activity provides an approach to teach field methods that is programmed to avoid common pitfalls in teaching field methods to students. The two common problems that are avoided is familiarity with equipment ...

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Watershed area and discharge relationships part of , Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
Students use USGS WaterData website to find data on area, average annual discharge and response to high-precip events in small watersheds in southern New England. Data for the class are compiled to generate graphs ...

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Working with USGS discharge data part of , Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
In this exercise, we use the USGS real-time data available online, and use it to construct a rating curve for the Walla Walla river near Touchet. We then make a simple model of flood inundation in ArcGIS for the ...

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