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Lab 4: A Bird's Eye View: Exploring Your Region

Introduction

Google Earth image of region surrounding Greenville, PA. Click image to enlarge.
The place where you live and go to school is different in many ways from everywhere else. It has a special combination of characteristics such as climate, kinds of living things, soils, bodies of water (streams, rivers, lakes, etc.), and land cover; elevation, and latitude and longitude. As you travel farther away from your school or study site, geographic features will start to look different. If you could look down at your study site from far above, you would see that your school and local study site are part of a larger region.


In Part A of this activity, you will look at diagrams and descriptions of study sites from other regions, and compare them with your own. In Part B, you will use Google Earth to explore and define a region around your local study site. Finally, in Part C, you will consider the inputs and outputs of your region and predict how changes in those inputs and outputs might affect other components of the Earth system.


After completing this investigation, you should be able to:

Keeping Track of What You Learn

Throughout these labs, you will find two kinds of questions. Your teacher will let you know which answers you should record and turn in.

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