The Mystery of Richmond Springs
This short video sparks interest in groundwater by detailing Richmond Springs. It features water moving rapidly up through the sand at the bottom of the pool.
Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions
Why is water shooting out of the ground?
This video is an introduction to aquifers and groundwater basics and is also a great way to connect to research involving groundwater pollution, stream dynamics, and the water cycle.
- University of Iowa: Iowa’s Groundwater Basics: This is a large PDF document that provides an in-depth overview of Iowa’s groundwater resources.
- US Geological Survey: Artesian Water and Artesian Wells: This website provides a good overview of artesian well dynamics.
- US Geological Survey: Aquifers and Groundwater: This website provides an overview from the USGS on aquifers and groundwater.
Iowa Core AlignmentHS-ESS2-5:
Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes
Submitted by Ryan Lensing.