“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink"

This quote from the Ancient Mariner by the English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the early 1800’s exemplifies the concern that water can be abundant but unusable. Florida has many beautiful ponds, lakes and rivers. Knowing if they are safe for plant and animal live is a goal for Florida State University School Earth/Space science students in Tallahassee, FL. This fall the students investigated the water quality of a local pond.



Here are their stories……………

Learning about the water cycle

  The Water Cycle- A look at Hydrology

What is water quality


Learning how to test for pH, temperature, light, Dissolved Oxygen, Turbidity in the classroom

  In the classroom: 

Our Journey to the local pond to test water quality: pH, temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, light.

  Videos explaining: 

Back in the classroom: students study graphs and analyze  results

Testing in the Classroom by Taylor

Pond Analysis by Lee




Class Water Quality Results for our local pond, Nov 17, 2004:

pH 7.8 - 8.5
Temperature of air 22.5o Celsius
Temperature of water 17.5Celsius
Turbidity 40 JTU's (Jackson Turbidity Units)
Dissolved oxygen 96  parts per million
Light intensity of the sun 8,000 lux