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Presented by: Linder Winter Earth Science Rules Committee Member

2 Disclaimer This presentation was prepared using draft rules which may vary slightly from those to be published in the final 2011 Coaches Manual. The rules as they appear in the 2011 NSO Coaches and Student Manuals will serve as the official rules for this event.

3 Goals for this PPT Presentation
Provide tips on how to coach the event Provide a brief preview of each event topic Provide an introductory resource for participants A number of websites recommended for both participants and event supervisors are listed at the end of this PowerPoint.

4 Goals for this PPT Presentation
Should you choose to have a parent or community member coach this event, you may provide a copy of this presentation to that individual so he/she may have an opportunity to preview expectations.

5 Goals for this PPT Presentation
Participants should resist the temptation to use this presentation as their sole source of information. Participants may develop their own Power Point presentations in a manner similar to this one as doing so provides an excellent outline. Once participants are satisfied with their own PPT presentations, they may use these to develop their resource pages.

6 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS Earth’s Fresh Waters is one of four rotating, two-year events of the Dynamic Planet event. : Earth’s Fresh Waters : Glaciers : Oceanography : Earthquakes & Volcanoes Share your thoughts on replacing “Glaciers” with Earth’s Surface Features in the next segment.

7 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS Earth’s Fresh Waters extends its predecessor, “Rivers and Lakes,” to include the vast groundwater resources. With the addition of groundwater most major sources of Earth’s fresh waters are addressed in the Dynamic Planet events.

8 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS 1. DESCRIPTION: Students will use process skills to complete tasks related to Earth’s fresh waters A TEAM OF UP TO: 2 APPROXIMATE TIME: 50 Minutes

a. Since this is the first of a two-year event, coaches may consider selecting participants who are quite likely to be competing the following year as well. b. Road Scholar, Awesome Aquifer, and/or Remote Sensing are good “companion” events to accompany this event. c. Earth’s Fresh Waters is an excellent entry-level event.

10 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS 2. EVENT PARAMETERS: Each team may bring up to four 8.5” x 11” double-sided pages of notes containing information in any form from any source and bring up to two non-graphing calculators.

Two suggestions for participants to meet with success in this event require that they develop: 1. A thorough knowledge of all topics listed within the event rules 2. Thorough and well organized resource pages

12 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS: Resource Pages
Resource pages play a crucial role in this event. a. Encourage participants to review a vast array of published materials from credible sources – USGS, Groundwater Association b. Serve as a tool for coaches to monitor participant preparation c. Should be continuously updated as participants become more knowledgeable through study, and experience at various levels of competition

13 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS: Resource Pages
Suggestions regarding resource pages: a. Choose a font large enough to permit rapid visual scanning b. Organize notes for efficient use c. Include diagrams, tables, charts, definitions d. Remember that the contents of this PPT are simply an outline and must be expanded upon.

14 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS 3. THE COMPETITION: Participants will be presented with one or more tasks, many requiring the use of process skills (i.e. observing, classifying, measuring, inferring, predicting, communicating, and using number relationships) from the following topics: Note: Topics are very specific to avoid confusion as to what participants should know.

a. Interpretation of fresh water features appearing on USGS topographic maps Reference: USGS Topographic Map Symbols sheet

b. Stream drainage systems: drainage patterns, main channel, tributaries, V-shaped valleys, watersheds

In rivers and hydrology, the main stem is defined as the principal channel within a given drainage basin, into which all of the tributary streams in a drainage basin flow.

A drainage system is the pattern formed by the streams, rivers, and lakes in a particular drainage. They are governed by the topography of the land, whether a particular region is dominated by hard or soft rocks, and the gradient of the land. Be aware that different sources use different names for the various drainage system patterns, in addition tosome sources including additional patterns.

19 STREAM DRAINAGE SYSTEMS: Drainage Patterns: Dendritic
A dendritic drainage pattern develops in regions underlain by homogeneous material. That is, the subsurface geology has a similar resistance to weathering so there is no apparent control over the direction the tributaries take.

20 STREAM DRAINAGE SYSTEMS: Drainage Patterns: Parallel
Parallel drainage patterns form where there is a pronounced slope to the surface. Tributary streams tend to stretch out in a parallel-like fashion following the slope of the surface.

21 STREAM DRAINAGE SYSTEMS: Drainage Patterns: Trellis
Trellis drainage develops in folded topography like that found in the Appalachian Mountains of North America. Down-turned folds called synclines form valleys in which the main channel of the stream resides.

22 STREAM DRAINAGE SYSTEMS: Drainage Patterns: Rectangular
The rectangular drainage pattern is found in regions that have undergone faulting. Streams follow the path of least resistance and thus are concentrated in places where exposed rock is weakest.

23 STREAM DRAINAGE SYSTEMS: Drainage Patterns: Radial
The radial drainage pattern develops around a central elevated point. This pattern is common to such conically shaped features as volcanoes.

24 STREAM DRAINAGE SYSTEMS: Drainage Patterns: Centripetal
The centripetal drainage pattern is just the opposite of the radial as streams flow toward a central depression. This pattern is typical in the western and southwestern portions of the United States where basins exhibit interior drainage.

25 STREAM DRAINAGE SYSTEMS: Drainage Patterns: Contorted
Deranged or contorted patterns develop from the disruption of a pre-existing drainage pattern.

A tributary is a stream or river which flows into a main stem river. A tributary does not flow directly into a sea, ocean, or lake. Tributaries and their main stem river serve to drain the surrounding drainage basin of its surface water and groundwater by leading the water out into an ocean or some other large body of water.

A V-shaped valley is a narrow valley with steeply sloped sides that appear similar to the letter "V" from a cross-section. They are formed by strong streams, which over time have cut down into the rock through a process called downcutting. These valleys form in mountainous and/or highland areas with streams in their "youthful" stage.

A drainage basin is the topographic region from which a stream receives runoff, throughflow, and groundwater flow. Drainage basins are separated from each other by topographic barriers called watersheds. A watershed represents all of the stream tributaries that flow to some location along the stream channel.

29 CHANNEL TYPES c. Channel types: braided, meandering, straight

A stream is a body of water that transports rock particles and dissolved ions and flows downslope along a clearly defined path, called a channel. The deepest part of a channel occurs where the stream velocity is greatest.

31 CHANNEL TYPES: Straight Channel

32 CHANNEL TYPES: Meandering Channel

33 CHANNEL TYPES: Braided Channel

34 SEDIMENT d. Sediment: weathering, erosion, forms and sizes, transportation, deposition

35 SEDIMENT : Erosion by Streams
Stream flow can be either laminar, in which all water molecules travel along similar parallel paths, or turbulent, in which individual particles take irregular paths.

36 SEDIMENT: Erosion by Streams
Streams erode because they have the ability to pick up rock fragments and transport them to a new location. The size of the fragments that can be transported is dependent upon the velocity of the stream and whether the flow is laminar or turbulent.

37 SEDIMENT: Erosion by streams
Turbulent flow can keep fragments in suspension longer than laminar flow. Streams may erode by undercutting their banks resulting in mass-wasting processes like slumps or slides. When the undercut material falls into the stream, the fragments can be transported away by the stream.

e. River valley forms and processes: geology, gradient, base level, floodplain features, dynamic equilibrium, nick points, waterfalls, stream capture, deltas and fans

Long Profile - a plot of elevation versus distance. Usually shows a steep gradient near the source of the stream and a gentle gradient as the stream approaches its mouth.

When a natural or artificial dam impedes stream flow, the stream adjusts to the new base level by adjusting its long profile.

Erosion takes place downstream from the dam. Just upstream from the dam the velocity of the stream is lowered so that deposition of sediment occurs causing the gradient to become lower.

Base Level - base level is defined as the limiting level below which a stream cannot erode its channel. For streams that empty into the oceans, base level is sea level. Local base levels can occur where the stream meets a resistant body of rock, where a natural or artificial dam impedes further channel erosion, or where the stream empties into a lake.

As a stream overtops its banks during a flood, the velocity of the flood will first be high, but will suddenly decrease as the water flows out over the gentle gradient of the floodplain. Because of the sudden decrease in velocity, the coarser grained suspended sediment will be deposited along the riverbank, eventually building up a natural levee.

Terraces are exposed former floodplain deposits that result when the stream begins down cutting into its flood plain. This is usually caused by regional uplift or by lowering the regional base level, such as a drop in sea level.

When a steep mountain stream enters a flat valley, there is a sudden decrease in gradient and velocity. Sediment transported in the stream will suddenly become deposited along the valley walls in an alluvial fan.

When a stream enters a standing body of water such as a lake or ocean, again there is a sudden decrease in velocity and the stream deposits its sediment in a deposit called a delta.

47 STREAM FLOW f. Perennial and intermittent stream flow, stream gauging and monitoring, stream flow calculations, discharge, load, floods, recurrence intervals, and for C-Division only – Chezy and Manning equations

48 STREAM FLOW: Manning Equation (C-Division only)
One the most commonly used equations governing Open Channel Flow is known as the Manning’s Equation. It was introduced by the Irish Engineer Robert Manning in 1889 as an alternative to the Chezy Equation. Manning’s equation is an empirical equation that applies to uniform flow in open channels and is a function of the channel velocity, flow area and channel slope.

49 STREAM FLOW: Open Channel Flow Defined
The analysis of flow patterns of water surface shape, velocity, shear stress and discharge through a stream reach falls under the heading Open Channel Flow. Open Channel Flow is defined as fluid flow with a free surface open to the atmosphere. Examples include streams, rivers and culverts not flowing full. Open channel flow assumes that the pressure at the surface is constant and the hydraulic grade line is at the surface of the fluid Steady and unsteady flow depend on whether flow depth and velocity change with time at a point. In general, if the quantity of water entering and leaving the reach does not change, then the flow is considered steady.

50 STREAM FLOW: Chézy Formula
In fluid dynamics, the Chézy formula describes the mean flow velocity of steady, turbulent open channel flow.

51 STREAM FLOW: Discharge
Discharge - The discharge of a stream is the amount of water passing any point in a given time. Q = A x V Discharge (m3/sec) = Cross-sectional Area [width x average depth] (m2) x Average Velocity (m/sec).

52 STREAM FLOW: Discharge
As the amount of water in a stream increases, the stream must adjust its velocity and cross sectional area in order to form a balance. Discharge increases as more water is added through rainfall, tributary streams, or from groundwater seeping into the stream. As discharge increases, generally width, depth, and velocity of the stream also increase.

53 STREAM FLOW: Load The rock particles and dissolved ions carried by the stream are called the stream's load. Stream load is divided into three parts: Suspended load Bed load Dissolved load

54 STREAM FLOW: Suspended Load
Suspended Load - particles that are carried along with the water in the main part of the streams. The size of these particles depends on their density and the velocity of the stream. Higher velocity currents in the stream can carry larger and denser particles.

55 STREAM FLOW: Bed Load Bed Load - coarser and denser particles that remain on the bed of the stream most of the time but move by a process of saltation (jumping) as a result of collisions between particles, and turbulent eddies.

56 STREAM FLOW: Dissolved load
Dissolved Load - ions that have been introduced into the water by chemical weathering of rocks. This load is invisible because the ions are dissolved in the water. The dissolved load consists mainly of HCO3- (bicarbonate ions), Ca+2, SO4-2, Cl-, Na+2, Mg+2, and K+. These ions are eventually carried to the oceans and give the oceans their salty character.

57 STREAM FLOW: Floods Floods occur when the discharge of the stream becomes too high to be accommodated in the normal stream channel. When the discharge becomes too high, the stream widens its channel by overtopping its banks and flooding the low-lying areas surrounding the stream. The areas that become flooded are called floodplains.

58 STREAM FLOW: Recurrence Intervals
Statistical techniques, through a process called frequency analysis, are used to estimate the probability of the occurrence of a given event. The recurrence interval is based on the probability that the given event will be equaled or exceeded in any given year.

59 GROUNDWATER g. Groundwater: zone of aeration, zone of saturation, water table, porosity, permeability, aquifers, confining beds, hydraulic gradient, water table contour lines, flow lines, capillarity, recharge and discharge

60 GROUNDWATER: Fascinating Facts
Groundwater makes up about 1% of the water on Earth (most water is in oceans). But, groundwater makes up about 35 times the amount of water in lakes and streams. Groundwater occurs everywhere beneath the Earth's surface, but is usually restricted to depths less that about 750 meters. The volume of groundwater is equivalent to a 55 meter thick layer spread out over the entire surface of the Earth. The surface below which all rocks are saturated with groundwater is the water table.

61 GROUNDWATER: Zone of Aeration
Rain falling on the surface seeps down through the soil and into a zone called the zone of aeration or unsaturated zone where most of the pore spaces are filled with air.

62 GROUNDWATER: Zone of Saturation
As water penetrates deeper it eventually enters a zone where all pore spaces and fractures are filled with water. This zone is called the saturated zone.

63 GROUNDWATER: Water Table
The surface beneath the saturated zone in which all openings in the rock are filled with water is called the water table.

64 GROUNDWATER: Porosity vs. Permeability
The rate of groundwater flow is controlled by two properties of the rock: porosity and permeability.

65 GROUNDWATER: Porosity
Porosity is the percentage of the volume of the rock that is open space (pore space). This determines the amount of water that a rock can contain.  

66 GROUNDWATER: Porosity
Well-rounded, coarse- grained sediments usually have higher porosity than fine- grained sediments, because the grains do not fit together well.

67 GROUNDWATER: Porosity
Poorly sorted sediments usually have lower porosity because the fine-grained fragments tend to fill in the open space.

68 GROUNDWATER: Porosity
Since cements tend to fill in the pore space, highly cemented sedimentary rocks have lower porosity.

69 GROUNDWATER: Porosity
In igneous and metamorphic rocks porosity is usually low because the minerals tend to be intergrown, leaving little free space. Highly fractured igneous and metamorphic rocks, however, may have high porosity.

70 GROUNDWATER: Permeability
Permeability is a measure of the degree to which the pore spaces are interconnected, and the size of the interconnections. Low porosity usually results in low permeability, but high porosity does not necessarily imply high permeability.

71 GROUNDWATER: Permeability
It is possible to have a highly porous rock with little or no interconnections between pores. A good example of a rock with high porosity and low permeability is a vesicular volcanic rock, where the bubbles that once contained gas give the rock a high porosity, but since these holes are not connected to one another the rock has low permeability.

72 GROUNDWATER: Permeability
A thin layer of water will always be attracted to mineral grains due to the unsatisfied ionic charge on the surface. This is called the force of molecular attraction.

73 GROUNDWATER: Permeability
If the size of interconnections is not as large as the zone of molecular attraction, the water can't move. Thus, coarse-grained rocks are usually more permeable than fine-grained rocks, and sands are more permeable than clays.

74 Porosity vs. Permeability: Possible Activity
Gather a sampling of slate, vesicular basalt, clay, sand, small pebbles, etc. Ask participants to classify the materials as having high or low porosity, high or low permeability, and explain why they classified the materials as they did.

75 Groundwater: Aquifers
An aquifer is a large body of permeable material where groundwater is present in the saturated zone. Good aquifers are those with high permeability such as poorly cemented sands, gravels, and sandstones or highly fractured rock.

76 Groundwater: Confining Beds
A layer of geologic material which hampers the movement of water into and out of an aquifer. Examples are unfractured igneous rock, metamorphic rock, and shale, or unconsolidated sediments such as clays. This is also known as a confining bed.

77 GROUNDWATER: Hydraulic Gradient
The rate at which groundwater moves through the saturated zone depends on the permeability of the rock and the hydraulic gradient. The hydraulic gradient is defined as the difference in elevation divided by the distance between two points on the water table.

78 GROUNDWATER: Water Level Contour Maps
Contours are lines on 2-dimensional maps representing equal values of a parameter You are probably used to looking at topographic maps which show contour lines of ground surface elevation When a map is made with equal interval contour lines (every 1 ft, or every 2 ft, or every 5 ft, etc.), the spacing of contour lines provides visual clues to the change in slope Closely spaced contour lines would represent steep slopes Widely spaced contour lines would represent gentle slopes Water level contour maps provide the same information on water level slopes (hydraulic gradients)

79 GROUNDWATER: Water Table Contour Lines
Besides surface water, topography of the land surface also determines the general direction of groundwater flow. Topography influences groundwater recharge and discharge. 

80 GROUNDWATER: Water Table Contour Lines
In an unconfined aquifer like the one covering most of Portage County, recharge areas usually occur in high topographic areas.  In Portage County, a groundwater divide is formed by glacial moraines that run from north to south through the center of the County. 

81 GROUNDWATER: Water Table Contour Lines
As shown on this map, groundwater flowing west of this divide discharges into the Wisconsin River system. Groundwater flowing east of the divide discharges into the Tomorrow River system.

82 GROUNDWATER: Flow Lines
Water table contour lines (or flow lines) are similar to topographic lines on a map. They essentially represent "elevations" in the subsurface.  Water table contour lines can be used to tell which way groundwater will flow in a given region.

83 GROUNDWATER: Flow Lines

84 GROUNDWATER: Capillarity
Plants pull water upward from the water table into open spaces through capillary action. Capillarity refers to the rate at which this water is pulled upward. Soils containing large open spaces have high permeability and low capillarity.

85 GROUNDWATER: Recharge Areas
Areas where water enters the saturated zone are called recharge areas, because the saturated zone is recharged with groundwater beneath these areas.

86 GROUNDWATER: Discharge Areas
Areas where groundwater reaches the surface (lakes, streams, swamps, & springs) are called discharge areas because the water is discharged from the saturated zone.

87 KARST FEATURES h. Karst features: sinkholes, solution valleys, springs, disappearing streams, caves developed as a consequence of subsurface solution. Karst topography: a distinctive landform assemblage developed as a consequence of the dissolving action of water on carbonate bedrock (usually limestone, dolomite, or marble).

Sinkholes are commonly funnel-shaped and broadly open upward. Sinkholes may be a few feet to more than 100 feet in depth, though usually ranging from 10 to 30 feet. Sinkhole diameter sizes range from a few square yards to several acres in area.


90 KARST TOPOGRAPHY: Solution Valleys
Solution valleys (or Karst valleys) are the remains of former surface stream valleys whose streams have been diverted underground as karst developed. They may develop a series of sinkholes in the valley floor.

Karst springs occur where the groundwater flow discharges from a conduit or cave. Karst springs or "cave springs" can have large openings and discharge very large volumes of water. Sinkholes and sinking streams that drain to a large karst spring can be many miles away from the spring.

92 KARST TOPOGRAPHY: Disappearing Streams
Streams flowing along the surface may enter a sinkhole as a "disappearing stream" and flow underground for some distance to reappear at the surface.

93 KARST TOPOGRAPHY: Disappearing Streams

Caves (or caverns) are large, open underground areas occurring in massive limestone depositions at or near the surface. Two stages of cavern formation: 1. Initial excavation, when water dissolves the limy bedrock and leaves voids. 2. Decoration stage, when water leaves behind the compounds it had been carrying in solution (stalactites and stalagmites).

i. Lake formation and types: faulting, rifting, volcanic action, glaciation, damming of rivers, changes over time

A significant lake-forming force is movement of the tectonic plates that form the Earth’s crust. These lakes typically form at fault lines where plates meet and earthquakes are more common. When adjacent plates separate at fault lines, the steep, narrow gap between them can result in the formation of a graben. Some of the largest, deepest, and oldest lakes on Earth are graben lakes.

A rift lake is a lake formed as a result of subsidence related to movement on faults within a rift zone, an area of extensional tectonics in the continental crust. They are often found within rift valleys and may be very deep. Rift lakes may be bounded by large steep cliffs along the fault margins.

Lakes formed by volcanic activity tend to be relatively small. These lakes may form within the crater of an active but quiet volcano, in a caldera produced by explosion and collapse of an underground magma chamber, on collapsed lava flows, and in valleys dammed by volcanic deposits.

Lakes tend to be largest and most abundant in high latitude areas in the Northern Hemisphere that were once occupied by glaciers.

100 LAKE FORMATION AND TYPES: Damming of Rivers
Deposits of eroded glacial debris may disrupt drainage patterns. New York state's Finger Lakes formed by glacial sediment damming rivers and streams. Kettle lakes, common in the Midwest, formed as ice blocks melted in-place within glacial sediment.

101 LAKE FORMATION AND TYPES: Changes over Time
Lake size and depth can change over time, owing to various reasons. Through natural processes, lakes will ultimately fill with sediment, thereby "evolving" into a terrestrial ecosystem. Human influences can accelerate the process through diversion of water for irrigation. The salinity of a lake can change over time.

102 LAKE FEATURES j. Lake features: inflow and outflow, physical and chemical properties, stratification, shorelines, waves

103 LAKE FEATURES: Inflow and Outflow
Changes in the level of a lake are controlled by the difference between the input and output compared to the total volume of the lake. Significant input sources include precipitation onto the lake, runoff carried by streams and channels from the lake's catchment area, groundwater channels and aquifers, and artificial sources from outside the catchment area.

104 LAKE FEATURES: Inflow and Outflow
Output sources include evaporation from the lake, surface and groundwater flows, and any extraction of lake water by humans. As climate conditions and human water requirements vary, these will create fluctuations in the lake level.

105 LAKE FEATURES: Physical and Chemical Properties
Lakes vary physically in terms of light levels, temperature, and water currents. Lakes vary chemically in terms of nutrients, major ions, and contaminants.

106 LAKE FEATURES: Stratification
Due to the unusual relationship between water temperature and its density, lakes form layers called thermoclines, layers of drastically varying temperature relative to depth.

107 LAKE FEATURES: Shorelines
Shorelines are forever changing in response to tides, nearshore currents, sea level changes and the supply of sediment from rivers. The end result is that existing shorelines will be modified overtime.

108 LAKE FEATURES: Waves Wave size is dependent upon wind speeds, duration and the distance the wind blows over a continuous water surface or fetch. Lakes and rivers have less surface area so they have less fetch and smaller waves than the oceans.

109 WETLANDS k. Wetlands: bogs and marshes, interactions between surface and groundwater

110 WETLANDS: Bogs and Marshes
Marshes form near ponds and lakes. Reeds, grasses and other soft-stemmed plants grow there. Bogs begin as shallow ponds that slowly fill with rotting leaves and plants. Then mosses and other plants grow spreading out from the shore across the surface of the bog, forming a thick mat. There is little air under the mat and the acids from plants build up. This slows decay, so things, which fall into bogs, take a long time to rot.

111 WETLANDS: Interactions between Surface and Groundwater

l. Effects of land use changes, dams and levees: sedimentation, diversion of water, flooding, ecological changes

Dams alter the flow, temperature, and sediment regime of lotic systems. Additionally, many rivers are dammed at multiple locations, amplifying the impact. Dams can cause enhanced clarity and reduced variability in stream flow, which is due to an increase in periphyton abundance. Invertebrates immediately below a dam can show reductions in species richness due to an overall reduction in habitat heterogeneity.

Thermal changes can affect insect development, with abnormally warm winter temperatures obscuring cues to break egg diapause and overly cool summer temperatures leaving too few acceptable days to complete growth. Dams fragment river systems, isolating previously continuous populations, and preventing the migrations of anadromous and catadromous species.

Direct participants to the “Background” link on this website - Rolling Down the River: Sediment in Streams

116 EFFECTS OF LAND USE CHANGES: Diversion of Water
What happened in the mid 1930’s to slow the flow of water from the Colorado River? Construction of the Hoover Dam

Hundreds of years ago, the Delaware River Basin was covered by forests. This maximized the infiltration of rainfall and slowed the movement of runoff. As the land was cleared for agriculture, infiltration rates were reduced and runoff rates increased. The increase in runoff rates widened flood plains and stream channels in many of the basin's watersheds. With gradual urbanization and the increasing use of asphalt and concrete paving, in addition to densely spaced buildings, infiltration rates were further reduced with corresponding increases in runoff rates.

118 EFFECTS OF LAND USE CHANGES: Ecological Changes
The following human activities, performed on land, bring about major ecological changes in river and stream environments: Dams Channelizing Development Logging Urban Runoff Disappearing Streams Mining and Minerals Invasive Species For more information on each of these topics, visit

m. Hydrologic cycle and water budgets: precipitation, runoff, evaporation


Every drainage basin has inputs and outputs of water. It is possible to measure these and, by using a simple equation, work out the water budget for the basin  Runoff   =   precipitation     -    evaporation  +   changes in storage  The river flow out of a drainage basin depends upon three main factors: 1. The amount of precipitation 2. The losses by evaporation or evapotranspiration 3. The gains or losses from the storage areas: surface storage, soil moisture and groundwater stores.

122 POLLUTION n. Pollution: types, sources and transport

123 POLLUTION: types, sources, transport
A lotic ecosystem is the ecosystem of a river, stream or spring. Included in the environment are the biotic interactions (amongst plants, animals and micro-organisms) as well as the abiotic interactions (physical and chemical). Note: the definition of a lotic ecosystem has been included to assure that the reader can better understand the contents of the next slide.

124 POLLUTION: types, sources, transport
Pollutant sources of lotic systems are hard to control because they derive, often in small amounts, over a very wide area and enter the system at many locations along its length. Agricultural fields often deliver large quantities of sediments, nutrients, and chemicals to nearby streams and rivers.

125 POLLUTION: types, sources, transport
Urban and residential areas can also add to this pollution when contaminants are accumulated on impervious surfaces such as roads and parking lots that then drain into the system. Elevated nutrient concentrations, especially nitrogen and phosphorus which are key components of fertilizers, can increase periphyton growth, which can be particularly dangerous in slow moving streams.

126 POLLUTION: types, sources, transport
Another pollutant, acid rain, forms from sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide emitted from factories and power stations. These substances readily dissolve in atmospheric moisture and enter lotic systems through precipitation. This can lower the pH of these sites, affecting all trophic levels from algae to vertebrates (Brown 1987). Mean species richness and total species numbers within a system decrease with decreasing pH.

a. Analyze and interpret features and actions of a stream or river appearing on a topographic map including contour intervals, elevation, gradient, direction of flow, drainage pattern, valley shapes, erosional landscapes, and depositional features

b. Construct a water table contour map and indicate the direction of groundwater movement.

Analyze data on the thermal structure of a lake and determine how the stratification changes seasonally.

130 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS 5. SCORING: Points will be awarded for the quality and accuracy of responses. Ties will be broken by the accuracy and/or quality of answers to pre-selected questions.

131 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Websites: Books: Tarbuck, Edward J. and Frederick K. Lutgens, Earth Science. Prentice Hall, 2006.ISBN-10: ; Leopold, Luna B., Water, Rivers and Creeks. University Science Books, ISBN

132 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS: Middle School/Junior High: Content Standard D: Structure of the Earth System; Earth’s history Senior High School: Content Standard D: Energy in the earth system; Geochemical cycles; Origin and evolution of the earth system

133 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS: Helpful Websites by Topic
Stream drainage systems: Hydrologic Cycle: Lotic ecosystems:

134 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS: Helpful Websites by Topic
Basics of Stream Ecology: Earth's Water – Groundwater topics: Lake Formation: Manning’s Equation

135 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS: Helpful Websites by Topic
Lake formation Water budget Drainage patterns

136 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS: Helpful Websites by Topic
Lake origins Bogs and Marshes Interactions between surface and groundwater

137 EARTH’S FRESH WATERS: Helpful Websites by Topic
Meandering rivers: lots of diagrams and activities (Outstanding/PDF)

138 Workshop Activity # 1 The next five slides show five different kinds of drainage patterns. The drainage patterns illustrated, in mixed order, are: annular, radial, dendritic, trellis and deranged. Write these names onto a piece of scratch paper for use in identifying the five drainage patterns that follow.

139 1. Identify this drainage pattern.

140 1. TRELLIS A pattern of channels resembling a vine growing on a trellis. Develops where tilted layers of resistant and nonresistant rock form parallel ridges and valleys.

141 2. Identify this drainage pattern.

142 2. RADIAL Channels radiate outward like spokes of a wheel from a high point.

143 3. Identify this drainage pattern.

144 3. DENDRITIC Irregular pattern of channels that branch like a tree.
Develops on flat lying or homogenous rock.

145 4. Identify this drainage pattern.

146 4. DERANGED Channels flow randomly with no relation to underlying rock types or structures.

147 5. Identify this drainage pattern.

148 5. ANNULAR Long channels form a pattern of concentric circles connected by sort radial channels. Develops on eroded domes or folds with resistant and nonresistant rock types.

149 URL for Drainage Pattern Images
Note: This URL is not included on the PowerPoint on the CD you have been given.

150 Choose the term to the right that identifies this stream feature.
A. Alluvial fan B. Braided stream C. Channel Bar D. Cut Bank E. Delta F. Meander

151 Choose the term to the right that identifies this stream feature.
A. Alluvial fan B. Braided stream C. Channel Bar D. Cut Bank E. Delta F. Meander

152 Choose the term to the right that identifies this stream feature.
A. Alluvial fan B. Braided stream C. Channel Bar D. Cut Bank E. Delta F. Meander

153 Choose the term to the right that identifies this stream feature.
A. Alluvial fan B. Braided stream C. Channel Bar D. Cut Bank E. Delta F. Meander

154 Choose the term to the right that identifies this stream feature.
A. Alluvial fan B. Braided stream C. Channel Bar D. Cut Bank E. Delta F. Meander

155 Choose the term to the right that identifies this stream feature.
A. Alluvial fan B. Braided stream C. Channel Bar D. Cut Bank E. Delta F. Meander

156 Choose the term to the right that identifies this stream feature.
A. Alluvial fan B. Braided stream C. Channel Bar D. Cut Bank E. Delta F. Meander

157 Choose the term to the right that identifies this stream feature.
A. Alluvial fan B. Braided stream C. Channel Bar D. Cut Bank E. Delta F. Meander

158 Choose the term to the right that identifies the stream feature.
A. Alluvial fan B. Braided stream C. Channel Bar D. Cut Bank E. Delta F. Meander

159 Choose the term to the right that identifies the stream feature.
A. Alluvial fan B. Braided stream C. Channel Bar D. Cut Bank E. Delta F. Meander

160 Choose the term to the right that identifies the stream feature.
A. Alluvial fan B. Braided stream C. Channel Bar D. Cut Bank E. Delta F. Meander

161 Choose the term to the right that identifies the stream feature.
A. Alluvial fan B. Braided stream C. Channel Bar D. Cut Bank E. Delta F. Meander

162 Evolution of a Meandering River
A meandering river has a ________ cross section symmetrical. Asymmetrical.

163 Evolution of a Meandering River
A meandering river has a ________ cross section Symmetrical. Asymmetrical.

164 Evolution of a Meandering River
Deposition is expected on the outside of a meander bend. the inside of a meander bend. all along a meander bend.

165 Evolution of a Meandering River
Deposition is expected on the outside of a meander bend. the inside of a meander bend. all along a meander bend.

166 Evolution of a Meandering River
Erosion is expected on _______ the outside of a meander bend. the inside of a meander bend. all along a meander bend.

167 Evolution of a Meandering River
Erosion is expected on _______ the outside of a meander bend. the inside of a meander bend. all along a meander bend.

168 Recommended Resource for Division C
by American Geological Institute (AGI) National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Richard M. Busch, Editor

169 Recommended Resource for Division C (Companion Website)

170 Companion Website Index
Chapter 11: Stream Processes, Landscapes, Mass Wastage, and Flood Hazards Chapter 12: Groundwater Processes, Resources, and Risks


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