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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 - "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 - 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 - "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, Biosphere

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

The Wingra Marsh: A Purple Population Problem part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning: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 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:Ecology, Hydrology, Biosphere, Hydrology:Surface Water

Investigative Case - "Rio Grande Wildlife Refuge" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning: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

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