Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fun with Water Chem

Like we did yesterday for the downstream after the dam, we did water chemistry with the upstream before the dam. This year chemistry was so not my friend! But this type of chemistry i enjoy because it is actually interesting. We took two samples from the creek and tested both to find the averages for both. So for any scientists out there we tested the creek for temperature, pH, Total Dissolved Solids, Turbidity, Dissolved Oxygen,Alkalinity, Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Pollution Tolerance Index, and Number of Taxa. They each have their own specific test with very specific directions that have to be followed for each sample. At the time that we were testing these big mean looking clouds started to role in and scare us into going faster. I was testing the Nitrogen and it was probably the longest test there so I could not really hurry very much.

In other news, we went on a hike behind a cemetery. It was really cool because there was a creek at the bottom of the trail. There was also this mist-like fog and very cool moss growing up trees and on the ground. The creek was almost like one rock so there was not so many little rocks and it was smooth(Alex slipped and had wet clothes). We all had a great time and we found a few salimander and fish. Laura M.

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