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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 - "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 - "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 - "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 - 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

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 - "Malama Keone'o'io" part of 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.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Principles, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Habitats:Invasive species, Biology:Plant Biology

The Wingra Marsh: A Purple Population Problem part of 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.

Subject: Biology:Ecology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Habitats:Invasive species

Investigative Case - "European Starlings and Woopeckers" part of Examples
An exploration into Niche Competition and Population Ecology

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Principles, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Restoration/Reclamation, Habitats, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Terrestrial

Investigative Case: The Nancy Creek Challenge part of 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.

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

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