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Investigative Case - "Goodbye Honey Buckets" part of Examples
Students will investigate arctic geology and hydrology as well as tundra ecology as they consider options for sewage treatment. Public safety, environmental impact, and issues of construction and engineering will be explored.

Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Surface Water, Biosphere, Surface Processes:Rivers and Lakes, Earth's Cycles:Hydrologic Cycle, Climate, Human Dimensions:Land Use, Biosphere:Ecology, Human Dimensions:Policy, Waste

Investigative Case - "Holy Starbucks Batman!" part of Examples
Students will investigate caffeine as a potential new pollutant in a northwest river system. Effects of caffeine on invertebrates and salmon fry will be explored through field work and lab work.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere, Hydrology:Surface Water, Hydrology

Investigative Case - "Home, Home on the River" part of Examples
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.

Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Surface Water, Biosphere, :Ecology, Human Dimensions:Land Use, Hydrology

Investigative Case - "Swampeast Missouri" part of Examples
Students will explore wetland hydrology and biology and decide whether or not to restore a wetland or retain dams and drainage systems.

Earth System Topics: Hydrology, Biosphere, Hydrology:Surface Water, Biosphere:Ecology

Investigative Case - Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake part of Examples
The Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake WebQuest leads students in a guided exploration of Mono Lake's extreme environment and asks them to consider the preservation of this environment in relation to the needs of humans.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Environmental Quality, Land Use, Resources, Biosphere:Diversity, Biosphere, :Ecology

Investigative Case - "Malama Keone'o'io" part of Examples
Students will learn techniques for conducting a local environmental assessment in an ecologically sensitive area. Identification of native plants and methodologies for sampling will be taught in the classroom and then reinforced in the field. The module also includes a community awareness and conservation aspect.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere

Investigative Case - "European Starlings and Woopeckers" part of Examples
An exploration into Niche Competition and Population Ecology

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere

Investigative Case - "The Sky is Falling" part of Examples
Students will generate maps of ozone concentrations, graph air quality indices, and propose solutions to problems with the ozone and air quality, specifically smog.

Earth System Topics: Atmosphere

The Wingra Marsh: A Purple Population Problem part of Examples
Students author a presentation to the Grounds Management Committee of their school giving their recommendation for the control of the invasive species purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) on campus.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere

Investigative Case: The Nancy Creek Challenge part of Examples
Students examine a case study of fish kill in Nancy Creek and identify the environmental conditions that favor life in a fresh water ecosystem.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Resources, Environmental Quality, Biosphere:Ecology, Hydrology, Biosphere, Hydrology:Surface Water

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