Earthinquiry: Drinking Water Contamination
A tremendous amount of geological data is now public domain and accessible via the Web. Now from the American Geological Institute, working in ... Show synopsis A tremendous amount of geological data is now public domain and accessible via the Web. Now from the American Geological Institute, working in conjunction with experienced geology professors, comes "EarthInquiry"--the first interactive project to provide a direct way of exploring and working with the newly accessible data as a means of developing a deeper understanding of fundamental geoscience concepts. How It Works The "EarthInquiry" investigations can be assigned as lab or homework exercises for a wide variety of courses, including physical geology, environmental geology, natural hazards, and introduction to geology. Instructors can select and combine the activities they want. For each activity, students will receive a brief full-color companion booklet that includes a passcode to the Web site they will use to collect and work with the data. Technical support is provided by the American Geological Institute. In this Module In this investigation students work with both real-time and historical stream flow information for U.S. streams. A case study of the 1993 flooding along the Mississippi River is employed and a recurrence interval determined in order to make an informed judgment about the risk of future flooding for a Mississippi River town--Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Students develop a first-hand understanding of how a frequency-magnitude" approach is useful for analyzing the recurrence probability of many science as well as social science events.