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Hydrology
HYDROLOGY
CLASS CODE: GEOL 435 CREDITS:  3 FEE:  $15.00
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: GEOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: In depth study of hydrologic issues focusing on groundwater. Movement of water in the aquifer, impacts of pumping and management of water as a natural resource are some of the main topics.
TAUGHT: Winter
CONTENT AND TOPICS: 1. Water & the Hydrologic Cycle
2. Confined and Unconfined Aquifers and their Properties
3. Ground Water flow
4. Ground Water and Wells
5. Ground Water and Contamination
6. Regulatory Management of Ground Water
7. Ground Water Modeling
8. Field Methods
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Learn the mechanics behind the hydrologic cycle as it pertains to ground water (infiltration, recharge, discharge, ground water flow).
2. Understand properties of different subsrface materials (aquifers, aquitards, aquicludes) and the different issues associated with comfined and unconfined aquifers.
3. Learn how to apply the basic tools used to predict ground water flow (rates, directions, etc.).
4. Understand basic theroies as they apply to interaction of pumping wells and effects on aquifers and the tools used to analyze the effects.
5. Improve understanding issues of ground water contamination and how to use tools to predict movement of contaminants.
6. Become aware of the regulatory agencies that control ground water issues and processes involved for dealing with changes or conflicts.
7. Acquire a basic understanding of ground water modeling tools an develop ability to use the models in limited applications.
8. Be introduced to basic field methods and lab tecniques employed in ground water studies.
REQUIREMENTS: Attend all field trips.
PREREQUISITES: Geol 101 & 102 or Geol 111 & 111L, Math 110.
OTHER: Completion of Chemistry 105 recommended.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2004