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Cleaning Up Groundwater

Cleaning a groundwater aquifer is difficult and expensive.

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Geo-Careers: Hydrogeologist

Geo-Careers: Hydrogeologist

Credit: Paul Clark
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/systemslibrarian/1938712595/
License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Hydrogeologists study groundwater. This is really important because we depend so much on groundwater for drinking, bathing, agriculture - just about everything. At springs, the groundwater flows to the surface.

Why It Matters

  • Hydrogeologists are concerned with the characteristics of a groundwater aquifer. They want to know how the water moves through the aquifer, among other things.
  • The flow paths of groundwater differs greatly in depth, length, and time traveled.
  • Credit: T.C. Winter, J.W. Harvey, O.L. Franke, and W.M. Alley
    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Groundwater_flow.svg
    License: CC BY-NC 3.0

    Groundwater system flow paths [Figure2]


  • Hydrogeologists usually have a strong math background, often with an MS in engineering, math or science.
  • This is an important career because hydrogeologists try to keep our water supply abundant and clean.

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  1. Why is a hydrogeologist consulted before a road is built or a forest is logged, for example?
  2. Why does a hydrogeologist need imagination (in the words of the video)?
  3. What tools does a hydrogeologist use to do her work?
  4. What sort of organization could a hydrogeologist work for?
  5. Why might a hydrogeologist testify at a hearing?

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  1. [1]^ Credit: Paul Clark; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/systemslibrarian/1938712595/; License: CC BY-NC 3.0
  2. [2]^ Credit: T.C. Winter, J.W. Harvey, O.L. Franke, and W.M. Alley; Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Groundwater_flow.svg; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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