CTU Phase 1 IP SCI203 1404A 01 Environmental Science and Sustainability Laboratory Course 10 10 2014

Topics: World population, Natural environment, Biodiversity Pages: 3 (546 words) Published: January 27, 2015
Harold L. Carter
Colorado Technical University On-line
SCI203-1404A-01: Environmental Science and Sustainability: Laboratory Course Phase 1 (IP) – Human Impacts on the Sustainability of Groundwater Trena Woolridge, Professor
October 10, 2014

Title: Human Impacts on the Sustainability of Groundwater
Part I:

Time Period
Impact to Forest
Groundwater Levels
Saltwater Intrusion
Farming
Industrial Development
Population
1800s
Large amounts of forest existed.
Large amounts of Groundwater existed.
No saltwater intrusions.
Not a lot small farms.
No large cities existed.
Limited populations/housing.
1900s
Decreased by 50%.
Decreased by 50%.
Oceans moved into groundwater.
Farms began to grow larger.
Expand with the existence of expanding cities.
Substantial increase in population growth and housing.
2000s
Decreased by 90%.
Decreased by 90%.
Greater ocean movements into groundwater.
Farming remained at the same, but size decreased by 20%.
Decreased by 10-15%.
Housing development decreased by 10-15%.

Part II:
Purpose
The purpose of this particular lab is to observe and document the levels of groundwater and to find the sustainability of groundwater if human development doesn’t change.

Introduction
What is currently known is that the sustainability of groundwater will not last. Ponce (2006) states “ The unsustainable use of groundwater stands to significantly impact a host of hydrological, ecological and other natural resources and services, including freshwater bodies, and aquatic, riparian, transitional, and ecosystems.” There are certain places in the world that contains groundwater that should not be industrialized. It is vital and with the most urgency that this natural resource is taken care of and maintained responsibly because planet earth depends on freshwater to survive and if our natural resources aren’t reasonably maintained and allowed to be depleted so will life on earth as we currently know it will...

References: M.U.S.E.(2014). Human Impacts on the Sustainability of Groundwater. Retrieved on October 10, 2014, from http://campus.ctuonline.edu/courses/SCI203/p1/hub1/hub.html
Ponce, V. (2006). Groundwater Utilization and Sustainability. Retrieved on October 10, 2014, from http://groundwater.sdsu.edu/
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