Going Underground: A Field Investigation and Lab Activity on Karst Topography and Water Systems

Imagen de Wilson Javier Gonzalez-Espada
TítuloGoing Underground: A Field Investigation and Lab Activity on Karst Topography and Water Systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AutoresO'Dell, G, González-Espada, WJ
JournalScience Teacher
Volume78
Issue9
Pagination53 - 57
Date Published2011/12/00
ISBN NumberISSN-0036-8555
Palabras claveBiological Sciences, Field Studies, Geology, High Schools, Identification, Inquiry, Investigations, Laboratories, Models, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Scientists, Secondary School Science, Teaching Methods, Topography, Water
Abstract

Students learn science best with activities that mirror the way scientists work. This article describes how geologists investigate groundwater flow systems in areas of karst topography--geologic formations shaped by dissolving bedrock--and provides a way for students to replicate this research. Students also use electric current to model water currents and map unseen flow routes. The study of groundwater flow routes also provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate real-life applications of the types of inquiries scientists conduct every day. High school science students should readily identify with the struggles and satisfaction of investigating these unseen water paths in both field and lab activities. (Contains 5 figures and 5 online resources.)

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