Hydrologic Processes

Schedule of Events


Here is an expanded syllabus
Note two things:

    (1) It is somewhat modified from the version distributed at the beginning of class
    (2) It is not complete - it will be modified as we go along.

February 15, 2000:

There will be a lecture on carbonate equilibrium.  This lecture should prepare you for the assigned questions and problems:

Geochemistry homework.

    These problems will be due on February 29th.  You have two weeks because on the 22nd we will discuss the following papers, which you should have read by that time.  Although you have two weeks to do the chemistry questions, please don't procrastinate.  You may need to ask questions (which is encouraged) about the problems.

  •     The problems to work
  •     A link to the data


    February 22, 2000:

    This class period will consist of a discussion of a four recent papers from the karst literature:

    Smart, C.C., 1988, Artificial tracer techniques for the determination of the structure of conduit aquifers. Ground Water, v. 26, p. 445-453.

    Ryan, M., and Meiman, J., 1996, An examination of short-term variations in water quality at a karst spring in Kentucky.  Ground Water, v. 34, p. 23-30.

    Halihan, T., Wicks, C.M., and Engeln, J.F., 1998, Physical response of a karst drainage basin to flood pulses: example of the Devil's Icebox cave system (Missouri, USA), J. Hydro., v. 204, p. 24-36.

    White, W.B., 1999, Conceptual models for karstic aquifers, in A.N. Palmer, M.V. Palmer, and I.D. Sasowsky (eds.) Karst Modelling, Karst Waters Institute Special Publication #5, p. 11-16.

    These papers are not yet in Williamson Hall Geology office (at the time of posting this announcement on 2/14/00), but they should be there within the next few days.  The first three articles should also be in the science library if you want to dig them out yourselves.

        In order to prepare for the discussion on February 22, we would like for you to describe these papers in a short, one to two page summary to be handed in before class on 2/22/00.  Your summary should not be a simple discussion of each paper, but should try to find ideas, themes, and conclusions common to all four of the papers.  In other words, synthesize the papers into a description of how they relate to each other.  We will lead the discussion, but don't expect a lecture on the papers.  All of you must participate in the class discussion by answering, or even better asking, questions.  Please be prepared.

    February 29, 2000:

    We plan to go to the field.  This class will start during 5th period and perhaps run until dark, although we may get back earlier.  More about the timing and logistics as it develops.

    March 7, 2000:

    Spring Break

    March 14, 2000

    Class today will cover standard curves and chemical measurements.  You will calculate the concentrations of components of the Santa Fe river water samples you collected.  In addition, you will measure and calculate alkalinity.  The homework and data are at the following links:

    The samples and apparatus to titrate alkalinity are in my lab (B109 Turlington Hall).  You will need to arrange a time during the week to come to the lab to do the titrations.

    March 21, 2000

    We plan to return to the field in order to measure the discharge rate at the Santa Fe sink, rise and hopefully also Sweetwater lake.

    March 28

    Lake Wauburg - install and measure Piezometers and install Seep meters

    April 4

    Lake Wauburg - measure and remove seepage meters.

    A slightly modified version of the homework is located here.

    Here are the links to the data:

    Scott, Alisa, Doug, and Howie

    Rahul, Kaffie, Julia, Marc, and Boonchai (note - there are two groups in this one file).

    Mike, Bill, Chris

    April 11

    Field Trip!!! - just a show and tell at O'Leno State Park.   Note:  we have a van now, so we'll take that.  Plan to leave the parking lot at noon.

    We will return all of the Santa Fe river homework.  There will also be one final question posted here that will ask you to synthesis all the Santa Fe data.

    April 18

    Final discussion and Santa Fe problem due.  Meet in 265 Williamson Hall at the regular time (7th period - 1:55 pm).

    April 25

    No Class - Enjoy your summer!!!!