2018 GEO CORE Summer Institute

Long Island Geology Week

During this week, students will learn about Long Island geology, the movement of groundwater, the potential hazards to our groundwater system, and current remediation efforts. Students will work with real data provided by the Suffolk County Water Authority to produce accurate groundwater models, learn proper well sampling methods, and tour active remediation sites.


Long Island Geology
9:00am -3:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018

Participants will learn how Long Island's glacial history created our current geologic land forms and features. Through hands on activities participants will study how surface features and subsurface geologic properties influence the movement and quality of groundwater. We will also investigate the potential and real threats to Long Island groundwater.

Environmental Contamination
and Remediation

9:00am -3:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Participants will visit Brookhaven National Laboratory to learn about the methods being tested and used to clean groundwater contamination plumes and remediate sources of contamination. While at the laboratory participant will also tour a groundwater treatment facility. In the afternoon we will visit SCCC rain garden and learn how to identify threats to groundwater and perform environmental site inspections.

Geology, Hydrology, and Ecology of the Long Island Pine Barrens9:00am -3:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Participants will tour the Dwarf Pine region of the Long Island Pine Barrens to learn about the geologic siginificance of the region and how and why the underlying geology influences the regional ecology.

Threats to and From Long
Island Surface Waters

9:00am -3:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018

In this program participants will work with geologists from the United States Geologic Survey to measure discharge at Swan River in Patchogue. Throughout the program participants will the discuss how changes in stream discharge may impact local and distal environments and communities. During the afternoon participants will learn about the history of the Clean Water Act and use GIS to potential threats to our groundwater system.