After completing this chapter, students will be able to:
- describe characteristics of wetlands and why they are important natural resources;
- set criteria for selecting wetlands from an international wetlands database;
- locate protected wetlands on an international map; and
- compare and discuss wetlands based on their characteristics.
The following National Science Education Standards are supported by this chapter:
8ASI1.3 Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
The use of tools and techniques, including mathematics, will be guided by the question asked and the investigations students design. The use of computers for the collection, summary, and display of evidence is part of this standard. Students should be able to access, gather, store, retrieve, and organize data, using hardware and software designed for these purposes.
8ASI2.4 Technology used to gather data enhances accuracy and allows scientists to analyze and quantify results of investigations.
8CLS4.4 Relationship of ecosystem features to number of organisms.
8FSPSP2.3 Causes of environmental degradation and resource depletion vary.
The following U.S. National Geography Standards are supported by this chapter:
1. How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.
8. The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface.