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There Must Be Something in the Water DLESE Reviewed Collection
In this lesson, students explore how groundwater contamination can spread through aquifers by participating in a groundwater plume simulation. Students will consider where they would look to determine the source of groundwater contamination and where they could turn for assistance; explore the possible contamination of Nevada groundwater by a major nuclear test site by reading and discussing, "Concerns Arise Over Aquifer Near Nuclear Test Site"; investigate how underground contamination travels in plumes by participating in a lab simulation; and write a persuasive essay from the point of view of a Nevada resident living close to the groundwater contamination source discussed in the featured article.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Environmental science
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2001 The New York Times Company
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-192
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Properties of earth materials
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Risks and benefits
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How human actions modify the physical env.
      • How physical systems affect human systems
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: The New York Times NIE Program