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Watertable reading

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Watertable reading
One technique to measure depth to the watertable

STEM Standard addressed: ESS2C - The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

Appropriate Grade Level(s)
  • 9-12
  • College-level
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  • Classroom Lectures
  • Distance Education Classes
  • Extension Presentations
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General Course Areas
  • Environmental Science
  • Introduction to Soil Science
  • Soil Physics
  • Soil Taxonomy and Genesis

Category: Environment & Landscape

This photograph shows a scientist taking a depth to watertable measurement using a piezometer (the PVC tube in the ground with openings into the groundwater near its bottom) and an electric sensor. The sensor has positive and negative electrodes that are insulated from one another. When the contact the groundwater the electrical circuit is completed and a buzzer sounds on the sensor. A tape measure on the role of wire that feeds the sensor down the piezometer allows the user to measure the depth to the watertable.

Peer Review: No

Credit this item to: Photograph courtesy of Eric C. Brevik
Media Date: 2003-03-11
Provided By: Dr. Eric C. Brevik

Latitude: 30.8327022
Longitude: -83.27848510000001


  • * Eric C. Brevik
    Dickinson State University

Submitted By: Dr. Eric C. Brevik


  • watertable
  • groundwater
  • measurement
  • redox


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