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GEO 346C: Introduction to Hydrogeology

Instructor for Spring 2010:

Dr. Bayani Cardenas

Office hours: T & Th 9-10 AM (EPS 3.160)


Teaching Assistants:

Travis Swanson and John Nowinski

Swanson office hours: M & W 1-2 PM

Nowinski office hours: T & Th 10-11 AM

 both TAs at EPS 3.102D


Course Syllabus

This course is an introduction to physical and chemical hydrogeology. Over the past few decades it has become clear that the properties and movement of water over and through earth materials is a fundamental geologic process, and that an understanding of hydrology and hydrogeology is a basic component of geology and environmental science. This course is intended to provide the necessary background for further study in hydrology, hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry and environmental geology. 

The course is divided into three equal parts:  Section 1 will examine the fundamentals of surface water hydrology and water balance;  Section 2 will deal with basic principles of groundwater and hydrogeology;  and Section 3 will be devoted to aqueous geochemistry and contaminant chemistry.  Each section will be an overview of basic concepts.

Textbook: Applied Hydrogeology by C. Fetter






Tentative Schedule

Week Topic
Lecture File 1
1/18 - 1/22 Introduction; Precipitation and Evaporation
Lecture File 2
1/25 - 1/29 Precipitation and Evaporation
Lecture File 3
2/1 - 2/5 Streamflow and Runoff
2/8 - 2/12 Streamflow and Runoff
2/15 - 2/19 Review and First Exam
Lecture File 4a
Lecture File 4b
2/22 - 2/26 Subsurface Hydrology
3/1 - 3/5 Subsurface Hydrology
Lecture File 5

3/8 - 3/12

Groundwater Flow
3/16 - 3/20 Springbreak
3/22 - 3/26 Groundwater Flow
3/29 - 4/2 Review and Second Exam
Lecture File 6a
Lecture File 6b
4/5 - 4/9 Hydrogeochemistry
4/12 - 4/16 Hydrogeochemistry
Notes on In-class Chem Problems
4/19 - 4/23 Hydrogeochemistry
4/26 - 4/30 Hydrogeochemistry
5/3-5/7 Review and Third Exam
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