Awesome Aquifers B

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Re: Awesome Aquifers B

Postby dholdgreve » May 11th, 2011, 2:30 pm

FueL wrote:
You had to present ALL of them? o_o
Yes, the event supervisor said it was made so you couldn't finish. I actually think there were a few (4 or 5) that were on the nats list, and this was a state competition!I think we got all of them but 8.

There is a master list for concepts at : http://www.groundwater.org/pe/docs_so/AABstudyguide.pdf.

Edit: Like I posted earlier, FueL, the question was something like "In which state are all aquifers polluted?" It did not mention if how many aquifers there were.
Note that the Station 4 page is titled SAMPLE concepts... This is not an all inclusive list, and the E/C is not only able to throw in a couple not on the list, I'd be disappointed if they didn't at Nationals!
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Re: Awesome Aquifers B

Postby havenguy » May 11th, 2011, 2:32 pm

I agree. If a team knows all the concepts perfectly, it would be nice to have some that they didn't know, to throw them off.
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Re: Awesome Aquifers B

Postby yogoperson » May 14th, 2011, 9:06 am

That's true, I guess.
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Re: Awesome Aquifers B

Postby fossil_hound84 » May 15th, 2011, 11:36 am

I personally found the kit extremely helpful. If you know someone who works with aquifers and who will teach you about them, that is also a major learning experience.
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Re: Awesome Aquifers B

Postby Tramsarran » May 15th, 2011, 3:44 pm

The kit was very useful. The only time my partner and I built an aquifer before States was by following the directions in the guide we had from the Groundwater Foundation thing. We still managed to get 4th at NY States.
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Re: Awesome Aquifers B

Postby havenguy » May 17th, 2011, 5:29 pm

I didn't really think the kit was that helpful. It taught basic concepts, but did not help when you got to state and national concepts.
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Re: Awesome Aquifers B

Postby mnstrviola » June 8th, 2011, 9:42 am

can somebody list the master concepts from http://www.groundwater.org/pe/docs_so/AABstudyguide.pdf ? I can't view the page for some reason from my computer.

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Re: Awesome Aquifers B

Postby TYG » June 9th, 2011, 5:36 pm

can somebody list the master concepts from http://www.groundwater.org/pe/docs_so/AABstudyguide.pdf ? I can't view the page for some reason from my computer.

Regional Tournament Presentation Concepts:
 Groundwater recharge from precipitation
 Groundwater recharge from surface water
 Groundwater discharge to surface water
 Water table
 Saturated zone
 Unsaturated zone
 Pore space
 Impact a well has on groundwater quantity
 Impact a well has on surface water
 Importance of well siting (location)
 Importance of well closure (abandonment)
 Infiltration
 Groundwater as a part of the hydrologic cycle.
 Unconfined aquifer

State Tournament Presentation Concepts: All of the regional tournament concepts listed above with the
addition of the following concepts.

 Potential groundwater contamination source(s) produced by human activities
 Naturally occurring groundwater contamination source(s)
 Movement of a contaminant in groundwater
 Impact a well has on groundwater quality
 Safe yield (aka sustainable yield)
 Confining layer/confined aquifer
 Contamination plume
 Area of influence/cone of depression
 Impermeable layer
 Overwithdrawl
 Leachate
 Nonpoint source pollution
 Point source pollution

National Tournament Presentation Concepts: All of the regional and state tournament concepts listed
above with the addition of the following concepts.

 Impact contaminant sources have on humans and the environment
 Porosity (in at least two different materials and quantify difference)
 Permeability (in at least two different materials and quantify difference)
 Artesian aquifer, artesian well
 Remediation techniques (simulate technique and show reduction of contamination)
 The Wellhead Protection Area
 A Best Management Practice
 Groundwater under the direct influence of surface water
 Salt water intrusion
 Subsidence/Sink hole

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Re: Awesome Aquifers B

Postby mnstrviola » June 10th, 2011, 8:40 am

thank you :D

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Re: Awesome Aquifers B

Postby mnstrviola » August 18th, 2011, 5:30 pm

Well, I figured out how to divide my aquifer container ^_^ you have to use plastic cut outs and lots and lots of book tape. It took me about an hour.

Question: do section dividers count as part of your container (allowed), or are you not allowed to put them in beforehand? I reread the rules, but it still doesn't seem clear. In other words, are you allowed to use a modified store-bought container?


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