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|Course Description: Introduction to contaminant hydrogeology, including properties of organic and inorganic contaminants, chemical and physical processes affecting concentration of solutes in the subsurface, mass transport, multiphase flow, contaminant monitoring, and site remediation. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Earth Science, and a 300- or 400- level course in hydrogeology. (From the NEIU catalog.)|
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Laura L. Sanders
Phone: 773/442-6051 Fax: 773/442-5710 E-Mail: L-Sanders@neiu.edu
Office Hours: M 8:10-8:40 pm, T 4:00-6:00 pm, W 4:00-5:00 pm, R 8:30-9:00 pm, and by appointment.
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assignments listed here are for the Fetter textbook.
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Overview of contaminant sources. General
contaminant classes; inorganic and organic chemicals.
Basic terms related to ground water contamination. Read: Chapter
and physical properties of contaminants. Compile
and analyze contaminant data. Review concepts related to ground
processes. Hydraulic conductivity,
permeability, hydraulic head,
Darcy’s law, porosity, effective porosity, specific discharge, flow
velocity. Read: p. 34-43.
review of ground water flow processes. Mathematics of ground
water flow equations.
parameters: transmissivity, storativity, specific storage.
transport. Read: Chapter
||Advection, mechanical dispersion, hydrodynamic dispersion, diffusion, dispersivity. Read: Chapter 2.|
||Advection, mechanical dispersion, hydrodynamic dispersion, diffusion, dispersivity, cont'd. Read: Chapter 2.|
||Advection, mechanical dispersion, hydrodynamic dispersion, diffusion, dispersivity, cont'd. Read: Chapter 2. Do the following problems for discussion in class tonight: 2.1, 2.5, and 2.7.|
|OCT 27||No class; work on homework
and retardation of contaminants. The
advection-dispersion-decay equation. Read: Chapter 3.
on the project site is due. Delineating
hydrostratigraphy at a contaminated
site. Read: materials
|NOV 10||Linear, Langmuir, and Freundlich sorption isotherms. Partition coefficients; Kow, Koc. Retardation factor. Read: Chapter 3, esp. up to p. 145.|
|NOV 17||Multiple solute effects. Read: 145-147. Multiphase flow; non-aqueous phase liquids, LNAPLs, DNAPLs. Read: Chapter 5.|
|NOV 24||Thanksgiving holiday. No class.|
||Sampling ground water for chemical analysis. Inorganic and organic chemicals as contaminants. Skim: Chapters 6 and 7. Contaminant monitoring: well design, field equipment, field measurements. Read: Chapter 8. Contaminant mapping: determining plume size, direction of movement, and velocity. Effects of pumping, fluctuations in water level, seasonal variation, contaminant mixing. Is it possible to fingerprint contaminants? Chemical and isotopic signatures.|
options: source reduction and removal, hydrodynamic barriers, pump and
treat, bioremediation, natural attenuation, air sparging, soil vapor
protection area delineation.
Attendance at all class sessions is expected. One point each week will be awarded for attendance and participation in class exercises. These may include lecture, quizzes, lab, group work, computer explorations or other activities.
Academic integrity: The NEIU policy on academic integrity will be strictly enforced. A site from the University of Indiana explains and gives examples of plagiarism and provides helpful tips on how to avoid it.
Flexibility: This outline will change as the semester evolves. Please allow for flexibility in topics and assignments. Check this page frequently for updates!
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