Virtual Lab: Groundwater Contamination Simulation Lab 1
Groundwater is one of our most valuable resources—even though you probably never see it or even realize it is there. There is water somewhere beneath your feet no matter where on Earth you live. Groundwater starts as precipitation, just as surface water does, and once water penetrates the ground, it continues moving, sometimes quickly and sometimes very slowly. Eventually, groundwater emerges
Something to Think About:
We rely on groundwater - it's the water we drink, the water that grows our food, the water that helps recharge our lakes and rivers. While some groundwater contaminants are naturally occurring, unfortunately, the majority of groundwater contamination is the result of human activity.
- Groundwater Contamination
- Overuse & Depletion
- Pharmaceuticals & Personal Care Products
- Improperly managed on-site wastewater treatment systems
Vocabulary you need to know:
|Water Table||Confined Aquifer||Unconfined Aquifer|
|Artesian Well||Laminar Flow||Discharge Area|
|Point Source Pollution||Non-Point Source Pollution|
|Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)||Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL)|
|Best Management Practices (BMPs)|
Starting the Lab
Link to Virtual Lab: Groundwater Contamination Simulation Lab 1 student page
Make a copy of the Groundwater Contamination Simulation Lab 1 student page.
Once you have a copy of the lab, use the links below to complete the lab.
|Well 1 Contamination||Well 2 Contamination||Well 3 Contamination||Well 4 Contamination|
|Well 5 Contamination||Well 6 Contamination||Well 7 Contamination||Well 8 Contamination|
|Underground Storage Container||Lake||Septic Tank|