Tasks to be completed:
- Complete Lacey’s presentation
- Warm up activity (optional)
- Complete the discussion prompt at the end of this page
- Note taking materials
- Blank cross section or a blank sheet of paper (optional)
- Coloring utensils (optional)
Because we ran out of time, we were unable to record this activity. Feel free to try it out if you’re interested in creating a geologic cross section. There’s two parts to the lesson, part one is the cross section activity. This activity is great way to build an understanding on how data is collected an analyzed out on the field. This activity can be found in the Project Wet Textbook (Guide 2.0) starting on page 143.
Instead of cutting the wells into individual strips, draw the characteristics of each well on the same sheet of paper. You can use this blank cross section if you have access to a printer. Use coloring utensils to better distinguish the layers.
- Instructions and background information to activity (part II)
- Blank cross section (printer friendly)
- Blank cross section (editable)
This video applies to section 2. Unfortunately, we didn’t get it in on time, so we’ve added to this section instead.
Presented by Lacey Williams from RealTime Aquifer Services
How a Monitoring Well is Drilled
Compiled Borehole Inspections with Descriptions
Camera down a well with an interesting surprise at the end
Inspection of Oil and Gas Well
Was there any information that was new to you or did this section serve as a refresher? Let us know if any piece of information stood out to you.
Andy Russell - August 1, 2020
“You cannot manage what you do not monitor” is certainly relevant to our contemporary situation. Extra points for the Erin Brockovich reference; I was so young. I don’t think I had a clear understanding that the contents of a water column vary, i.e. the top of the well can be polluted but the deeper water may not be (depends on relative density of the pollutants, I suppose). Equally, surface pollution could sink to the bottom of a well and contaminate an aquifer.
The warm-up activity, complete with students physically acting out the movement of water through various substrates, would be cool if we didn’t have to socially distance. I’ll bookmark it for next year. It was also interesting to see the pumped-out well refilling as pressurized water forced its way into the borehole.
Benita Wilson - August 3, 2020
I also quickly wrote down “You cannot manage what you do not monitor”. It is a very important concept to grasp especially since we can’t easily “see” groundwater or the contaminants that may be present. I liked the ways that students could create their own cross section of a well with the data given in the activity. This will help with their understanding of the different layers of rock sand and gravel that make up an aquifer.
Abigail Seen - August 5, 2020
Best quote of the day is “You can’t manage what you don’t monitor!” The interpretations must be based on facts, that is way it is important to have accurate readings. Geology and geophysical quality of the groundwater’s flow is a great lesson/topic to discover with the students. The visual aides you have provided, including this video are good ways to share with students because they can’t see water that’s under ground. This can be very fascinating to them and may make learning about groundwater more interesting especially during this time of online learning. Lithology has never been so exciting in the classroom. What kind of well do we have at Skyview? Would that be a sentinel? That would be something I’d like to share with my students.
Colette Hunt - August 15, 2020
Like the others said you can’t manage what you don’t monitor. I think for so long we just took water out of the ground or did something on the surface without thinking that it might impact something else. There were so many examples of that in this module. The Brockovich example is a perfect one of a company contaminating surface water that then went into the ground water and made people sick. I also liked the example of the fish hatchery using ground water but the fear that the river might be causing the trout disease to go into the ground water. I think kids need to understand that their actions on the surface can and does have an impact on something we can not necessarily see.