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This subject will investigate, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the fundamental physical and chemical processes governing groundwater flow and composition, including aquifer properties, regional geology, hydrology and water-rock interactions. Field and laboratory methods such as well tests, water analysis in the field and in the laboratory and data analysis are demonstrated and used to characterise hydraulic conductivity and mixing, water types and potential contamination. A one-week field excursion to the Newer Volcanic Province and the Limestone Coast will draw together many of these concepts and will emphasise surface and groundwater connectivity and groundwater supported ecosystems.
This subject will have a 1-week intensive field trip that will be delivered in the week prior to the start of Semester 1 (pre-teaching period) and 6 weeks of teaching during weeks 1-6 of Semester 1.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Characterise regional hydraulic systems in the context of the regional geology, water inputs and outputs and the water composition;
- Demonstrate sampling of waterbores and water analysis in the field;
- Identify water types based on the water composition;
- Predict the evolution of water composition due to changes in the hydraulic system;
- Predict and explain water – rock reactions in the subsurface.
Upon the completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- work in a small team;
- develop a simple quantitative model;
- develop scientific approaches to solve complex questions;
- think critically and independently;
- prepare structured and concise reports and oral presentations.
Last updated: 10 November 2023