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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

Investigating Regional Hydrogeology of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain part of Examples
Exercise to recognize regional groundwater flow in the Cretaceous aquifers of the North Carolina and Virginia Coastal Plain and their changes through time. Includes interpreting flow before and after human withdrawals, so students can discover impacts on the groundwater system, especially for depletion and saltwater intrusion.

Earth System Topics: Hydrology

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, Hydrology, Biosphere:Ecology, Hydrology:Surface Water

Investigative Case - "Rio Grande Wildlife Refuge" part of Examples
As professional ecologists working for the fish and wildlife service, students must develop a plan to manage a new wildlife refuge along the Rio Grande River. The fish and wildlife service plans to connect forest islands along the river, which will become not only a new refuge but also a "wildlife corridor."

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Hydrology, Biosphere