Groundwater 366

Module code GLY 366
Qualification Undergraduate
Faculty Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Module content

The hydrological cycle, water resources and water usage; porosity and permeability, heterogeneity and isotropy; the occurrence of groundwater, vadose and phreatic zones; aquifer types, relations and groundwater flow; hydrostratigraphy, surface water and groundwater interaction, springs; water balance, water flow, recharge and baseflow; Darcy’s Law, hydraulic conductivity and subsurface flow; capillarity, hydraulics, Bernoulli’s equation and the continuity principle; hydraulic parameters and their derivation from aquifer pumping tests, including Theis, Cooper-Jacob and other modifications; water quality, solubility, natural waters, ionic balance and plotting water chemistry data; groundwater mining, aquifer compaction and subsidence; saline intrusion, dryland salinity, pollution, NAPLs; site remediation and toxicology.

Module credits 18.00
NQF Level 07
Prerequisites GLY 263
Contact time 2 practicals per week, 4 lectures per week
Language of tuition Module is presented in English
Department Geology
Period of presentation Quarter 2

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