Isotopes and Hydrology
Are you looking for ways to
understand real world uses of chemistry? Select
an isotope from an interactive version of the
periodic table to learn more about everyday uses
of isotopes in hydrology research. This Web page
provides information on cost of analysis, origin,
measurement techniques, hydrologic applications,
and other applications for each isotope. It also
includes diagrams of analysis tools and a glossary.
The content for this Web page
was developed by graduate students of Brenda Ekwuzel
with support from James Hogan and Mary Black.
Such information may be useful to high school
and undergraduate students
working on class assignments and to chemistry
and environmental science teachers.
Possible classroom applications:
- Prepare a proposal for research
on restoration of part of a local river that
includes the use of isotope analysis.
- With a group of students,
make a presentation that argues for the selection
of a specific isotopic analysis technique.
- Investigate what isotope
analyses are used by your local water supplier
and then teach younger students about local
water supplies including how scientists know
those things about the water, including information
that is learned through isotopic analysis.