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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 ...

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

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.

Subject: Geoscience: 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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Investigative Case - "The Sky is Falling" part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning: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: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science

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.

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

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."

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Restoration/Reclamation, Habitats, Biology:Ecology

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

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