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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

Investigative Case - 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

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

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