In this activity, students build an aquifer model and examine how water gets into an aquifer system.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • discuss the part groundwater plays in the water cycle
  • describe the various pathways precipitation can take once it falls to the ground – infiltration, run-off, evaporation and uptake by plants
  • discuss the link between groundwater, surface water and the water table.

Download the Word file for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • student handout.
    Published 3 June 2009, Updated 1 October 2012