Department of Earth Science | Northeastern Illinois University

ESCI 407

What will you take from this course?

By the time you finish this course, you should be able to explain, discuss, and use the hydrogeologic topics/terms/concepts listed below.  You already should know some of them coming in to the course; these are marked with an asterisk (*).  During this course, your understanding of these concepts will deepen.

Physical Hydrogeology

porosity*, effective porosity*, permeability*, hydraulic conductivity*
aquifer*, aquitard*, water table*, potentiometric surface*, vadose zone*
anisotropy*, heterogeneity*
hydraulic head*, hydraulic gradient*, Darcy's law*, flow equations, unsaturated flow,
    fracture flow
specific yield*, specific retention*, transmissivity*, storativity*, diffusivity, specific storage,  compressibility
site exploration, well design, well installation, piezometers*
well hydraulics*, specific capacity, well efficiency, superposition, partial penetration
aquifer evaluation, slug tests*, pumping tests*
water supply, dewatering, monitoring, wellhead protection area, capture zone

Chemical Hydrogeology

chemical constituents of ground water: dissolved*, suspended, gases, inorganics*,
    organics, isotopes
acid-base reactions, dissolution*, exsolution, volatilization, precipitation*, complexation,
    cation exchange, sorption, oxidation, reduction, hydrolysis, biotransformation,
    radioactive decay, isotopic enrichment/depletion reactions
colloids and microorganisms
solute transport, advection*, dispersion, diffusion, decay
sampling, monitoring

Contaminant Hydrogeology

contaminant sources*, common contaminants*, inorganics*, organics*, agricultural chemicals,
    isotopes, biological contaminants, NAPLs*
monitoring: well design and installation, sampling, assessment
contaminant fate and transport processes
remediation: containment, pump and treat*, soil vapor extraction, air sparging, bioremediation,
    natural attenuation

Ground Water Modeling

flow system boundaries*, no-flow boundary*, constant head boundary*
conceptual model, hydrostratigraphy
calibration, iteration, method of successive approximation
transient flow*, steady state flow*
finite element grid, model layers

  Department of Earth Science | Northeastern Illinois University

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