ES.9 The student will investigate and understand how freshwater resources are influenced by geologic processes and the activities of humans. Key concepts include a) processes of soil development; b) development of karst topography; c) identification of groundwater zones including the water table, zone of saturation, and zone of aeration; d) identification of other sources of fresh water including rivers, springs, and aquifers, with reference to the hydrologic cycle; e) dependence on freshwater resources and the effects of human usage on water quality; and f) identification of the major watershed systems in Virginia including the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.


During week 9, we will start our unit on Soil formation. Students will go over the assessment on Chapter 4. We will jump into Chapter 5, weathering and erosion. This unit is started in Chapter 5 of our book. We will discuss topics that will lead us into our next unit on Virginia geology and provinces. The week will go as follows:


Monday - Chapter 5.1, weathering and erosion, PowerPoint and guided notes

Wednesday - 5.2, soil formation

Friday - 5.3 mass movement and assessment review