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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment


Dr Sasha Wilson



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Advanced concepts of groundwater flow. Sustainable use of groundwater and mineral resources. Chemistry of groundwater and water rock interaction. Groundwater-surface water interactions. Weathering processes in relation to nutrient and contaminant cycling. 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 how weathering processes affect natural and anthropogenic element cycles. Applications include CO2 sequestration, monitoring air pollution and mineral-microbe interactions;

  1. Understand the environmental impacts of mineral wastes and learn strategies for managing and remediating contamination.


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.

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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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ESC 2111 and ESC2122