Grades 13 -
Conceptual Learning Outcomes
Practical Learning Outcomes
Observatory: Shale Hills CZO
Author(s): Sharon Dykhoff (Dominion Christian School), Susan Brantley (The Pennsylvania State University), and Liza Brazil (CUAHSI)
First, students will be given an introduction to the importance of topography when studying surface and groundwater. After enough background information is provided, Students will graph and analyze water quality data as they investigate the cause of an actual point source contamination incident in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. The students will use the web-based computer application HydroClient to access data from the Shale Network. The Shale Network is a project which helps scientists and citizens publish data about water resources that may be impacted by shale gas drilling. After analyzing the data and drawing conclusions, the students will use records from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to find out if the drilling company was found to be at fault.