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Surface Water Hydrology

William Locke - Montana State University - Bozeman, MT


This problem set/lab exercise deals with surface water hydrology, specifically the local nature of stream runoff. Using various websites, data sets, and graphs, the student analyzes rates of discharge and learns about flooding. The exercise is well-guided, with instructions on using a spreadsheet for data analysis.

Learning Goals

Context for Use

This activity is suitable for a laboratory section dealing with stream discharge, stream hydrology, and flood hydrology.

Teaching Materials

http://gemini.oscs.montana.edu/~geol102/spring2002/envirolabs/hydro6.htm Environmental Geology Hydrology Lab


Students are expected to answer a series of questions on the activity page and then turn them in to be graded. They also need to create a graph of stream flow data to be turned in.

References and Resources

Quantiative Skills Addressed

Graphs: Interpretation of graphical information
Technology: Spreadsheets

Geoscience Topics Covered


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Controlled Vocabulary Terms

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology
Resource Type: Activities:Problem Set, Lab Activity
Special Interest: Quantitative
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)
Quantitative Skills: Graphs
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology

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