Topic: You will each be assigned an aquifer in Texas or the United States.
You will write a 5 page paper giving a general overview of the hydrogeology of the aquifer system, then focus on an historic, current or anticipated problem concerning use of the aquifer, water quality, give a general overview on the strategy for locating successful drinking water wells in this aquifer, select a large city or town located in the aquifer area and discuss where they obtain their drinking water. If that community uses aquifer waterwhat are the issues. At a minimum you should have a location map and cross section with all the appropriate labels and legends. If your report does not address these topics credit will be lost.
For information you might refer to the Journals Ground Water and Water Resources Research, U.S.G.S. Water Resource Investigations Reports, U.S.G.S. Water Supply Papers, and Reports from the State Water Agency.
Sources of information: This is NOT an original research paper, but I expect your own synthesis of information on the specific topics. The paper should be more than a review or summary of a single article. You must use at least 3 reference sources, 2 of which must be from the peer reviewed literature or government documents, the 3rd can be either from the above or from a web site for a municipality or state agency. You cannot use Wikipedia or an Encyclopedia. You are free to use as many sources as you wish, but if you do not use at least 3 you will lose credit.
Length of your paper: Prepare a 5 page paper (absolutely 6 pages maximum, I will not read past page 6), typed, double spaced, 10 point, arial font with a one inch margin on all four sides. The 5-6 pages must be of typed text, the summary, reference list, figures and tables should be on additional pages beyond the 5-6 pages of text. That means you must not place your figures and tables within your text, place them at the end).
Reference List: Remember to reference all sources of information in your paper and to compile a complete reference list at the end of your paper. This reference list should include the author’s name, year of publication, title, location of publication, volume, issue, pages, etc. Your reference list and format must be complete and must follow the format used in the journal “Ground Water” which are listed below:
• Indicate in text by author(s) name and year (e.g., Jones 1999). For multiple references by the same author in the same year, the letters a, b, and c after the year can be used (e.g., Jones 1999a and 1999b). Papers with multiple authors should be cited in the text using “et al.” (e.g., Jones et al. 1999).
• At the end of the paper, list alphabetically by author(s) name in chronological order.
• Write in the style of the Chicago Manual of Style. See www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html (author-date method).
• Do not reference limited access, administrative, or confidential reports or commercial products for which a charge will be made for access.
• Include personal communication references (written or oral) in the reference list.
• Do not abbreviate publication titles.
• We require that journal papers be cited using both volume and issue number (e.g., vol. 32, no. 4).
• Do not use footnotes. (Footnotes are acceptable in tables only.)
Figures and Tables: Should be numbered, have a descriptive title, be placed at the end of the 5 to 6 pages of text and must be referred to in the text by the table or figure number in any location the information or data in the table or figure are discussed.
Grading: Your manuscript will be graded on content, following directions, and clarity of writing, format and completeness of the reference list. Credit will be lost for typos, misspelling, and grammatical errors, and incompleteness of the reference list, unlabeled figures and tables, so follow the instructions and check your final draft carefully.
Late papers will loss 10% credit a day. I will accept early submissions.
Avoid Plagiarism: To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use another person’s idea, opinion, or theory; any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings??”any pieces of information??”that are not common knowledge; quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words. You can obtain more information about plagiarism here http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml
?Be careful, plagiarisms will result in failure of the class and you will be turned in to the department chair for academic dishonesty. If you are unsure if you are plagiarizing in your paper, I am glad to answer your questions regarding plagiarism.
Purpose of the Paper: Of course the purpose is for you to learn more about hydrogeology, but in addition it is for you to learn how to write about aquifers and how to write in the format of a scientific paper or report.
A place to start for information on your aquifer:
Aquifers of the United States
Aquifers of Texas
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