of Earth Science |Northeastern
Review for Exam #1 (February 9, 2006)
By the end of today’s class, you should be able to do the
* Write the first names of all your classmates.
* List the requirements for this course.
* Define and give an illustrative example of each of the starred
on the list
* Explain what storativity is, and give typical ranges for
storativity of confined, unconfined, and semi-confined aquifers.
* Explain what storativity is in terms of specific storage
* Given aquifer characteristics (e.g. lithology, degree to which
it is confined/unconfined, thickness) calculate storativity.
Evaluate the calculated value to tell whether it is reasonable or not.
* Use the definition of storativity to
estimate by how much the
hydraulic head in a given aquifer of given area would rise or fall if a
known volume of water is removed or added.
* Show how to calculate a geometric mean,
and explain why and in what hydrogeologic situations it is used.
* Explain what a seepage
meter is, sketch a diagram, and describe how it is used and for
* Explain the meaning of Darcy flux (also
discharge), and describe how it could be calculated and/or
* Show how to use graph paper with one or more logarithmic axes.
* Develop an effective strategy for reading and comprehending
* Develop strategies for discussing and leading discussions of
* List and describe the five main parts of a research paper.
* List the information that should be included in the Abstract of a
* Tell what should be included in an Acknowledgments section.
* Explain how a reviewer approaches a technical review of a
paper, giving examples of specific aspects of the paper the reviewer
* Competently discuss Article 1: "Regional Estimation of Total Recharge
to Ground Water in Nebraska", by Jozsef Szilagyi, F. Edwin Harvey, and
Jerry F. Ayers (Ground Water, Vol.
43, No. 1, January-February 2005, p. 63-69).
* Competently discuss Article 2: "Ground Water Flow Parameterization of
an Appalachian Coal Mine Complex", by William R. Winters and Rosemary
C. Capo (Ground Water, Vol.
42, No. 5, September-October 2004, p. 700-710).
* Competently discuss Article 3: "Ground Water Recharge and Discharge
in the Central Everglades", by Judson W. Harvey, Steven L. Krupa, and
James M. Krest (Ground Water,
Vol. 42, No. 7, Oceans Issue 2004, p. 1090-1102).
* For at least one of the articles listed above, imagine how you might build on
the work of the previous researchers. (For example, you
might decide to replicate their study in a new location, or use their
methods to answer a new question, or take something they expressed
uncertainty about and try to investigate it further to answer the
questions they raised.) Write out a step by step list of methods
that would take you from beginning to end of the research.
© 2006 Laura L. Sanders. Last updated
February 7, 2006.