Water Quality Acquisition

Ming-Kuo Lee, Carleton College Science Education Resource Center

In this activity, students visit two sites to practice their field water sample collection and water quality assessment skills. They use a vertical well-water sampler and downhole water quality probes to measure groundwater conductivity, pH, and temperature at different depths in a landfill. 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, teaching tips, materials, assessment tips and related resources are provided.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Groundwater modeling, Field methods in hydrogeology, Water quality/chemistry , Contaminant hydrology
Resource Type: Activities:Field Activity
Special Interest: Field-Based Teaching and Learning
Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Groundwater:Groundwater modeling, Contaminant hydrology, Water quality/chemistry, Field methods in hydrogeology
Theme: Teach the Earth:Enhancing your Teaching:Teaching in the Field, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water