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There Must Be Something in the Water: Investigating How Underground Pollutants Contaminate the Water Supply
In this lesson, students explore how groundwater contamination can spread through aquifers by participating in a groundwater plume simulation. They will learn how to determine the source of groundwater contamination, explore the possible contamination of Nevada groundwater by a major nuclear test site, and write a persuasive essay from the point of view of a Nevada resident living close to a groundwater contamination source.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2001 The New York Times Company
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-004-252
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Natural resources
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How human actions modify the physical env.
      • How physical systems affect human systems
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: New York Times, Learning Network