Oct 02, 2022
GEOL 432 - Hydrogeology
Characteristics of aquifers, aquitards, and the vadose zone. Flow and transport in porous media. Groundwater occurrence and use in California and the Western U.S. Water-rock interaction, groundwater contamination, and cleanup methods. Groundwater management and artificial recharge. Lecture Units: 3; Lab Units: 1.
Prerequisites: Either CHEM 100 or CHEM 111, and either MATH 120, MATH 125, or MATH 130, and either PHYS 115, PHYS 125, or PHYS 135.
Equivalent Quarter Course: GEOL 4320.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Course Typically Offered: Variable Intermittently
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Students will gain an appreciation for the role that groundwater plays in water budgets for individual basins, for California, for the U.S., and in the global water cycle.
- Students will gain an understanding of the hydraulic properties of different geologic materials.
- Students will be able to describe the fundamental differences between unconfined and confined aquifer systems, qualitatively and quantitatively.
- Students will be able to apply Darcy’s Law to determine the rate of groundwater flow in different geologic media.
- Students will be able to manipulate data from a pump test or slug test to determine drawdown or transmissivity.
- Students will gain an understanding of the hydrologic and geologic factors that govern regional groundwater transport.
- Students will gain and understanding of the source of the most abundant ions in groundwater.
- Students will become familiar with common groundwater contaminants and the problems associated with their occurrence in drinking water and with remediation.
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