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Methods of Analyzing Population Changes is a lesson plan to teach students that populations are dynamic and have identifiable characteristics and measurable growth patterns. Topics include population growth rate, life tables and equations, mortality and survival curves, and key factors analysis. The lesson plan provides objectives, skills, time required, content outline, materials, and significant ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Ecology
 
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This lesson plan teaches students that populations are dynamic with identifiable characteristics and measurable growth patterns. Factors of population survival that are taught include immigration and emigration, environmental resistance, carrying capacity, and homeostasis. The lesson plan provides objectives, skills, time needed, a content outline, materials, and significant terms. The overarching ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Ecology
 
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The concept that populations are dynamic with identifiable characteristics and measurable growth patterns is addressed in this lesson plan. Population characteristics are explained, including biotic potential, density, natality, mortality, and age distribution. The lesson plan provides objectives, skills, time needed, a content outline, materials, significant terms, and questions for the class. The ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Ecology
 
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This on-line project is part of the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) program, which has developed internet activities for the elementary, middle, and high school level student. This series of activities explores the mathematical and environmental aspects of population growth. Using archived census and demographic data as well as up-to-the-minute population estimates from ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Module / Unit
Subject: Environmental science, Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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In this activity, students will graph carbon dioxide levels against temperature change over time and examine the data to look for trends. Another plotting exercise is provided in which they examine the relationship between the retreat of glaciers and sea level change. Non-linear trends (exponential or quadratic) are discussed and students investigate them by plotting population against time. Since ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Climatology, Physical geography, Mathematics
 
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Humans have had a greater impact on forests than on other land ecosystems. This interactive feature uses NASA satellite images taken between 1984 and 2000 to demonstrate just how much of a once densely forested region in Bolivia has been cleared for commercial purposes. Users can view the images as an animation, or click on individual images taken every two years to see the stages of the deforestation. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Imagery - remotely sensed, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Forestry
 
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These aerial photography and satellite images show in detail the results of laying waste to vast areas of forest and the harm done by poisons that humans have put into the water and air during the century and a half since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The site shows the thinning in the earth's protective covering of atmospheric ozone that appears over the Antarctic along with toxic hazes ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Presentation / Demo, Photograph, Video
Subject: Atmospheric science, Environmental science, Forestry, Policy issues
 
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For the past 100 million years, redeposited sediment has gradually increased the size of the Mississippi River Delta. But over the past several decades, the coast of southern Louisiana has been losing rather than gaining land. This interactive feature illustrates how river management practices and severe weather events, including Hurricane Katrina, dramatically changed the size and shape of the Louisiana ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Imagery - remotely sensed, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science
 
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In just 30 years, the Aral Sea has lost more than 60 percent of its water. Barring change, it may disappear entirely by 2020. In this visualization, satellite images dating from 1973 to 2000 show how water diverted from this inland lake for agriculture has caused it to shrink considerably over a short period of time. The feature can be run as an animation or as a series of slides. A background essay ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Imagery - remotely sensed, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Physical geography, Hydrology
 
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Coastlines serve as both physical and biological frontiers between land and sea. They are highly vulnerable to pollution from contaminated rivers as well as from urban waste and industrial products that are discharged at sea and wash up on shore. This video segment gives an account of one of the largest oil spills in history: the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound, the costliest ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science
 
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