Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Geosciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sasha Wilson


Advanced concepts of groundwater flow. Sustainable use of groundwater resources. Chemistry of groundwater and water rock interaction. Groundwater-surface water interactions. Weathering processes and rates of natural and anthropogenic sites. CO2 sequestration. Mine site processes.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the hydrologic cycle, in particular groundwater;

  1. Understand the physical controls on groundwater flow and the impacts that pumping, artificial recharge and land use changes have on natural flow systems;

  1. Understand the origins of solutes in groundwater and water-rock interaction, groundwater-surface water interaction, processes of weathering of natural and anthropogenically impacted sites;

  1. Understand CO2 sequestration by weathering processes;

  1. Understand the environmental impacts of mine wastes.


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

Students must pass the theory examination to achieve an overall pass grade. Students who do not pass the theory examination will receive a mark of 45%, unless their aggregate mark is lower in which case that mark will be recorded.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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

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