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Investigative Case - Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning: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 - "Goodbye Honey Buckets" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning: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 Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning: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 Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning: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 Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning: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 - Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
The Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps WebQuest features a guided exploration of microbial diversity. It introduces students to the extreme habitat of the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp and encourages them to explore characteristics of the microorganisms that live there. The WebQuest applies the personification theme of Aesop's Fables as a means to acquaint students with protists. It challenges them to search for microbial "personality traits" and to implement these traits into a creative storyline.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Diversity, Ecology, Biosphere

Investigating Regional Hydrogeology of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning: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 - "Malama Keone'o'io" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning: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

Investigative Case - "European Starlings and Woopeckers" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
An exploration into Niche Competition and Population Ecology

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere

Investigative Case - "The Sky is Falling" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning: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

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