Using Sand Tank Models to Teach About Groundwater

Presented on Thursday, December 1, 2011

You’ve been drafted or have volunteered to make a presentation about groundwater. You are struggling with how to make an effective presentation. Whether you are participating in a career day or sharing with a service group, sand tank models illustrating groundwater movement can be effective tools. They can literally set the stage for your presentation or become the focal point. Learn how you can use these tools in groundwater presentations.

W. Richard Laton, Ph.D., PG
California State University-Fullerton, Santa Ana, CA
W. Richard Laton, an NGWA Scientists and Engineers Division member and active NGWA volunteer, is currently an associate professor of hydrogeology in the Department of Geological Sciences at California State University, Fullerton. Passionate about teaching students practical knowledge they can apply to real-world circumstances, he teaches classes ranging from hydrogeology, environmental sampling, and groundwater modeling to oceanography and geology. Laton has also taught at the Western Michigan University Field Camp for the past 15 years. Topics covered during these 50-hour, weeklong intensive courses include drilling techniques and sampling, aquifer testing, and remediation technologies.

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