Department of Earth Science |Northeastern Illinois University

ESCI 407
Spring 2006

Review for Exam #1  (February 9, 2006)                                                                        Dr. Sanders

By the end of today’s class, you should be able to do the following:

* 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 terms on the list of hydrogeologic terms.

* 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 and thickness.

*  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 what.

* Explain the meaning of Darcy flux (also called specific discharge), and describe how it could be calculated and/or measured.

* Show how to use graph paper with one or more logarithmic axes.

* Develop an effective strategy for reading and comprehending scientific papers.

* Develop strategies for discussing and leading discussions of scientific papers. 

* List and describe the five main parts of a research paper.

* List the information that should be included in the Abstract of a scientific paper.

* Tell what should be included in an Acknowledgments section.

* Explain how a reviewer approaches a technical review of a scientific paper, giving examples of specific aspects of the paper the reviewer evaluates.

* 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.

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