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This is a partially developed activity description. It is included in the collection because it contains ideas useful for teaching even though it is incomplete.

This activity was developed during the workshop, Teaching Climate Change: Insight from Large Lakes, held in June 2012.

Using lake core data to show human environmental impacts

by Ester Sztein, Board on International Scientific Organizations, National Academy of Sciences
William Sharkey, UW Sheboygan
Kathryn Szramek, Drake University

Topic: Using lake core data to show human environmental impacts

Course Type: Introductory level: geography, geology, environmental science, ecology

Learning Goals

Students should be able to do the following:

Description

The instructor:Students:

Assessment

Students demonstrate in their presentations an understanding of how anthropogenic changes to landscapes can be represented in lake core features over time.

References

Landscape images:

  • Google Earth
  • USGS topo maps- download current and historic topographic maps. Recent maps have multiple data layers including the ortho photo.

Lake Cores: