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ESC3190 - Hydrogeology and environmental geoscience

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Ian Cartwright


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Advanced concepts of groundwater flow. Sustainable use of groundwater resources. Chemistry of groundwater and water rock interaction. Groundwater-surface water interactions. Stable isotopes as tracers of solute sources. Changing the hydrological balance (contaminant transport, acid mine drainage, salinity, acid sulfate soils). Contaminants in ground water.


On completion of this unit a student will understand: the hydrologic cycle, in particular groundwater; the physical controls on groundwater flow and the impacts that pumping, artificial recharge, and landuse changes have on natural flow systems; the origins of solutes in groundwater and water-rock interaction; the use of stable and radiogenic isotopes in understanding processes in hydrogeological systems; groundwater-surface water interaction; origins, transport, and fate of contaminants such as organic compounds and metals; and groundwater in salinity.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Laboratory work/assignments/field excursions: 40%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week, and one 1 or 2-day field excursion