Environmental science and sustainability lab | SCI203 Environmental Science and Sustainability – Laboratory Course | Colorado Technical University

Human Impacts on the Sustainability of Groundwater

Sustainability is based on this simple principle:

  • Everything that is needed for human survival and well-being depends on the environment

Also, sustainability:

  • Creates and maintains conditions for humans and nature to exist in harmony
  • Helps fulfill the social and economic requirements of present and future generations

Keeping sustainability in mind, address the following in your scientific paper:

  • If current human growth stays the same, will groundwater sustainability be impacted?

Using the M.U.S.E. link, review the background information and gather your data.

Review this video for a detailed overview of this assignment: https://breeze.careeredonline.com/p3bwx2hkqdnf/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal . Use the Lab 1 worksheet for assignment instructions and data collection. 

Environmental Science and Sustainability Lab

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Assignment: SCI203 Phase 1 Lab Report

Title: Human Impacts on the Sustainability of Groundwater

Instructions: You will need to write a 1-page lab report using the scientific method to answer the following question:

  • If current human development does not change, will groundwater sustainability be affected? 

When your lab report is complete – submit it in the classroom.

Part I: Using the time progression of industrialization and human development, fill in the data table below to help you write up your lab report.

Time Period

Impact to Forest

Groundwater Levels

Saltwater Intrusion

Farming 

Industrial development

Population

1800s

1900s

2000s

Part II: Write a 1-page lab report using the following scientific method sections: 

  • Purpose 
    • State the purpose of the lab. 
  • Introduction 
    • This is an investigation of what is currently known about the question being asked. Use background information from credible references to write a short summary about concepts in the lab. List and cite references in APA style. 
  • Hypothesis/Predicted Outcome 
    • A hypothesis is an educated guess. Based on what you have learned and written about in the Introduction, state what you expect to be the results of the lab procedures. 
  • Methods 
    • Summarize the procedures that you used in the lab. The Methods section should also state clearly how data (numbers) were collected during the lab; this will be reported in the Results/Outcome section. 
  • Results/Outcome 
    • Provide here any results or data that were generated while doing the lab procedure. 
  • Discussion/Analysis 
    • In this section, state clearly whether you obtained the expected results.  Also discuss the results and what you learned from this lab.
    • Note: You can use the lab data to help you discuss the results and what you learned. 

Provide references in APA format. This includes a reference list and in-text citations for references used in the Introduction section. 

Give your paper a title and identify each section as specified above. Although the hypothesis will be a 1-sentence answer, the other sections will need to be paragraphs to adequately explain your experiment. 

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