Undergraduate students travelled to the town of Bungendore, south of Lake George, to study the local water table in September and October. The students measured the water table's profile and flow direction, and chemical properties including pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen and iron oxidation state. Bungendore is a rapidly growing town which relies exclusively on groundwater from the Bungendore Alluvium for its everyday water supply. This trip will help our students appreciate the work that goes into real-world scientific data collection, the journey from research to policy, and the importance of sustainable water supplies.
The students made this trip as part of the EMSC3025 Groundwater course. It is the second time that the course has travelled to Bungendore. This course has attracted students from the Research School of Earth Sciences, Research School of Chemistry, the Fenner School of Environment & Society, and the Research School of Engineering. The students’ final assessment will ask them to compare their collected data to Bungendore’s historical record.