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Water Quality Acquisition

Ming-Kuo Lee

Auburn University Department of Geology


In this activity, students visit two sites to practice their field water sample collection and water quality assessment skills. They go to a landfill and use a vertical well-water sampler and downhole water quality probes to measure ground-water conductivity, pH, and temperature at different depths. Collected water-conductivity data is contoured to map the distribution of a contaminant plume. Students then study acid mine drainage by using water-quality meters to compare pH and conductivity values up and down stream of an open-pit mine.

Learning Goals

Context for Use

This is the first of nine one-week exercises designed for a senior-level undergraduate lecture/lab hydrogeology course.

Teaching Materials

The following equipment is required:


The author is seeking feedback from companies that hire students that have gone through the course that this activity is from to see if this training provides a positive impact on job performance.

References and Resources

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Contact the Author

Please contact Ming-Kuo Lee at leeming@mail.auburn.edu with questions or suggestions.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

Resource Type: Activities:Field Activity:Field laboratories, Research experiences for students
Special Interest: Quantitative, Field-Based Teaching and Learning
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Quantitative Skills: Graphs, Models and Modeling
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Quantitative Skills Activity Type: Field Activity
Theme: Teach the Earth:Enhancing your Teaching:Teaching in the Field

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