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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 - "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 - 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: The Nancy Creek Challenge part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning: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