Happyville Water Table Contour Map
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- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
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This page first made public: May 12, 2017
The goal of this activity is to create a water table contour map and interpret the direction of groundwater flow in the area.
Higher order thinking skills goals
- calculate water table elevation
- create a contour map
- analyze groundwater flow paths
Other skills goals
Depending on how you set up the activity, students can also
- work in groups
- interpret a map (using the map scale to answer questions)
- discuss potential impact of hydraulic fracturing
Context for Use
Type and level of course
This activity can be used in introductory-level courses for both geology majors and non-majors.
Skills and concepts students should have mastered
Student must be familiar with the water table, aquifers, aquitards, and contour maps before beginning this activity. Students should also be familiar with groundwater wells before starting this activity.
How the activity is situated in the course
This activity is part of a 1-week module on groundwater. This project is then also used later in the semester as part of a group discussion on hydraulic fracturing.
Description and Teaching Materials
Directions for Happyville Activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 213kB May11 17)
Happyville Directions (Acrobat (PDF) 391kB May11 17)
Happyville Calculations (Excel 28kB May11 17)
Happyville Map (Illustrator 975kB May11 17)