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Abstract Volume 8 Issue 5 (2003) pp 312-314

Teaching Environmental Chemistry with Wetland Microcosms

Daniel J. Williams,*, Martha C. Williams, Barbara E. Foster, Jane C. Malone, Erin E. Milner, Andrew L. Tartaglia, Angel Turner-Reed, and Marina C. Koether

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591 and The Wilcom Group, P.O. Box 440885, Kennesaw, GA 30160,
Received March 11, 2003. Accepted May 15, 2003.

Published online: 30 August 2003

Abstract. Microcosms constructed from sediment and water taken from riparian wetlands are used as tools to teach various aspects of environmental chemistry. Experiments performed by students from the high school level to advanced undergraduates have been performed to simulate wetland responses to acid-rain input, heavy-metal input, and other pollutants as well as to investigate redox characteristics of wetlands. A case study involving high school students investigating uptake of copper(II) by wetland microcosms is discussed in detail.

Key Words:  Laboratories and Demonstrations; general chemistry; environmental chemistry, microcosms, wetlands, copper

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A supporting Zip file (117 KB) containing the details of a student experiment is available. 10.1333/s00897030722a

Issue date: October 1, 2003

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