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Is the New Madrid Seismic Zone at risk for a large earthquake? part of Cutting Edge:Online Teaching:Activities for Teaching Online
In this lesson we discuss the controversy regarding the extent of seismic risk in the central United States today. We learn how to estimate earthquake recurrence interval using a variety of methods. This lesson ...

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Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

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.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Management and Policy, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Restoration/Reclamation, Biology:Ecology

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.

Subject: Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Freshwater

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.

Subject: Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Management and Policy, Water Quality/Chemistry , Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Environmental Science:Policy:Local Policy, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Environmental Science:Policy:Environmental Decision-Making

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.

Subject: Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Habitats, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Freshwater, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry

Investigative Case - Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake part of 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.

Subject: Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Biology:Diversity, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism

Antibacterial soaps, friend or foe: An investigative case study part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
This lab activity will not only draw on students' real life experiences but will also draw on student's previous lab experiences in proper laboratory techniques and data analysis performed in previous activities. The lab will incorporate the use of scientific inquiry methods and strategies while students develop reasonable answers to the questions asked.

Subject: Biology:Microbiology

Using a Groundwater Pollution Problem to Develop Professional Communication Skills part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Professional Communications Projects:Examples

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water quality/chemistry , Water and society, policy, and management, Water supply/water resource evaluation, Contaminant hydrology

When and How Did Continental Crust Form? part of Cutting Edge:Petrology:Teaching Examples
Many models have been proposed regarding the timing and mechanisms that first formed the continental crust. The purpose of this exercise is to help students explore the question of crustal genesis and evolution ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Geochemistry, Igneous Processes, Igneous Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Historical Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings

Investigative Case - "The Sky is Falling" part of 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.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science

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