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In this case study activity, students will examine the complex issues that result from human use of ecologically sensitive areas. The students will investigate these issues from the point of view of their major/career path. This example page is part of the Starting Point collection and was adapted from the Lifelines Online case study. Users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Ecology, Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This USGS site explains what an aquifer is and defines the different types of aquifers based on six principal lithologies; sandstone, carbonate, sandstone-carbonate, igneous and metamorphic, sand and gravel, and other rock types. The site features maps and descriptions of the major aquifers in the United States as well as general information about groundwater occurrence and quality. The site also ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Ref. material, Government portal
Subject: Physical geography, Geology, Hydrology
 
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In this curricular unit, students learn how water becomes contaminated with specific water-borne diseases, read personal accounts of unsafe water, and work together to brainstorm solutions to the water problems of communities in Africa. The website includes complete lesson plans, a list of materials, assessment tools, and links to on-line components of the exercise. Activities within this module include ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Lab activity, Lesson plan, Module / Unit
Subject: Environmental science, Human geography, Hydrology, Policy issues
 
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This site provides information about precipitation, evaporation, condensation, surface runoff, infiltration and transpiration, which are all part of the water cycle, a complex process that not only gives us water to drink and fish to eat, but also weather patterns that help grow our crops. The site has four sections. The introduction presents the overall concept while the second section covers each ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This explanation of the hydrologic cycle discusses evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation, runoff, percolation, groundwater, and the water table. There is a diagram and a description of each as well as a discussion of the dynamics of the cycle, which powered by the Sun. In addition there are links that lead to all parts of the Properties of Water menu. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This site describes the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which stretches across six states including New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia and also the District of Columbia. Also included in the Bay watershed are several subwatersheds, smaller systems that drain into the streams and rivers that flow into the Chesapeake. More than 64,000 square miles of land drain into the ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology, Policy issues
 
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This interactive diagram of the water cycle invites students to click on a part of the cycle to get information about streamflow, surface runoff, freshwater storage, ground-water discharge, ground-water storage, infiltration, precipitation, snowmelt, runoff to streams, springs, condensation, evaporation, transpiration, water in the atmosphere, ice and snow, and oceans. A summary of the water cycle ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Cryology, Hydrology
 
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In this activity students use a map of the Mississippi Watershed to label and count rivers and the states associated with them in a particular watershed. Students "build" the watershed in a pan using modeling clay or soil. They use small objects to represent things such as pollutants, litter, fertilizers, sediments, etc., that could be transported by water flowing in the drainage system. Students ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science, Physical geography, Hydrology, Natural hazards
 
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In this case study activity, students will investigate arctic geology and hydrology as well as tundra ecology and consider options for sewage treatment. Public safety, environmental impact, and issues of construction and engineering will be explored. This Starting Point example page builds on the Lifelines Online case study and includes learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Environmental science, Geology, Hydrology
 
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In this exercise from SERC's Starting Point, students measure a topographic and geologic cross-section across a floodplain by simple surveying and auguring techniques. This example demonstrates how basic GIS elements can enhance learning by adding spatial context and introducing mapping techniques. GIS elements encourage students to consider the spatial context of field observations, introduce GPS ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lab activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Ref. material, Software
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geologic time, Geology, Hydrology, Soil science
 
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