6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2017 (Day)
Advanced concepts of groundwater flow. Sustainable use of groundwater and mineral resources. Chemistry of groundwater and water rock interaction. Groundwater-surface water interactions. Weathering processes in relation to nutrient and contaminant cycling. CO2 sequestration. Mine site processes.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Understand the hydrologic cycle, in particular groundwater;
- Understand the physical controls on groundwater flow and the impacts that pumping, artificial recharge and land use changes have on natural flow systems;
- Understand the origins of solutes in groundwater and water-rock interaction, groundwater-surface water interaction, processes of weathering of natural and anthropogenically impacted sites;
- Understand how weathering processes affect natural and anthropogenic element cycles. Applications include CO2 sequestration, monitoring air pollution and mineral-microbe interactions;
- Understand the environmental impacts of mineral wastes and learn strategies for managing and remediating contamination.
Examination (3 hours): 60% (Hurdle)
Laboratory work/assignments/field excursions: 40%
Students must pass the theory examination to achieve an overall pass grade. Students who do not pass the theory examination will receive a mark of 45%, unless their aggregate mark is lower in which case that mark will be recorded.
- Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week
- One 1 or 2-day field excursion
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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
ESC2111 and ESC2122