GEOLOGY 376 - INTRODUCTION TO GROUNDWATER, FALL 1999

M W, 1:20 PM, 470 Weeks Hall

Instructor

Office Hours

Textbook

Other references on reserve

  • The Hidden Sea, Francis H. Chapelle, Geoscience Press, 1997
  • Basic Ground-Water Hydrology by R. C. Heath, 1983, USGS Water Supply Paper 2220 (on reserve for Geology 627)
  • CLASS SCHEDULE AND READING ASSIGNMENTS

     Date Topic Reading Assignment
    9/8    Introduction, the hydrologic cycle, history of groundwater use Chapter 1, Chapter 3
    9/13 Porosity Chapter 2, pp. 3-9
    9/15 Description and measurement of porosity (lab) Chapter 7, pp. 81-83
    9/20 The water table, aquifers and confining units; the hydrologic cycle Chapter 2, pp. 9-12
    9/22 Sandbox model (lab)    
    9/27 Storage in unconfined and confined aquifers Chapter 4, Chapter 7, pp. 70-81
    9/29 Permeability, relation to rock type or grain size Chapter 7, pp. 81-83, 94-96
    10/4 Grain size analysis and permeability estimates (lab)   
    10/6 Recharge and discharge areas Chapter 8, pp. 98-104  
    10/9(Sat) Field trip to see groundwater features in Dane County   
    10/11 Darcy's Law Chapter 6, pp. 39-53
    10/13    Testing Darcy's Law (lab)                       
    10/18   Aquifer flow  Chapter 6, pp. 54-57
    10/20   Water level contouring (lab)   
    10/25 Midterm Review   
    10/29    Midterm (though water level contouring)   
    11/1    Hydrogeology of the US Chapter 7, pp. 88-94
    11/3 Using hydrogeologic atlases (lab)     
    11/8 Flow to a well Chapter 6, pp. 57-69 
    11/10    Maps of drawdown and superposition (lab)    
    11/15    Well design, construction and logging Chapter 9, Chapter 10 pp.144-153
    11/17   Field pumping tests Chapter 10 pp. 155-165
    11/20(Sat) Pumping test field trip   
    11/12   Analysis of pumping test results (lab)       
    11/24    Chemical properties of groundwater  Chapter 11
    11/29 Interpretation of water chemistry data (lab)    
    12/1  Managing groundwater resources  Chapter 12, pp. 205-210
    12/6     Movement of contaminants in groundwater      Chapter 13 pp. 226-232
    12/8     Plume maps and groundwater velocity (lab)    
    12/13    Sources of groundwater contamination web links Chapter 13 pp. 232-256
    12/15 Cleaning up and protecting groundwater Chapter 13 pp. 256-265
           
    12/21    FINAL EXAM, Tuesday 12:25 PM  

    Grading

    Grades will be based on performance on assignments (approximately 1 per week), one in-class midterm exam, the final exam, and class participation with the following weighting:

    Assignments 35%
    In-class midterm 25%
    Final exam 30%
    Attendance and participation 10%