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How Much Oil Leaked from Deepwater Horizon? part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Stephen Boss, University of Arkansas Main Campus
Students develop an estimate of the total quantity of petroleum discharged from the Deepwater Horizon from 20 April to 15 July 2010 using only two known facts, the diameter of the riser and the flow rate of the oil/gas mixture emanating from the riser.

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Exploring sustainability through water cycle connections part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Tim Lutz, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
During this module students use multiple experiences (reading, video, the outdoors, a survey of their water footprints, writing, and lots of discussion) to examine how life today, in comparison to pre-industrial times, makes our connections to water virtually invisible. Students use the class's water footprint results to find out how agricultural and industrial water uses link us to people distant in both place and time. They weigh the consequences of these invisible connections in creating the lost sense of dependence and responsibility that typifies unsustainability. Students study the variability of water footprints within our class to help identify more sustainable personal choices. They consider the activity of a local watershed association to educate and involve people in improving the quality of local streams as a model of how community action can accomplish what individuals cannot.

'Reporting' on the World Water Forum to understand media coverage and gaps part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Abigail Schade, Davidson College
'Reporting' in-class on the tri-ennial World Water Forum.

Environmentally Sustainable Mining part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Stephen Kissin, Lakehead University
A field trip that illustrates a contrast between environmentally sustainable mining activity and a case of a lack of environmental planning in mining operation and closure.

Explorations of Spatial Distributions of Environmental and Health-Related Data part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Geology and Human Health:Workshop 04:Activities
Nancy Thorpe, Hagerstown Community College
This activity introduces the student to basic concepts of spatial distribution of environmental and health data with an easy to use on-line mapping program. -

Plume Busters part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Public Policy:Activities
Allen Macfarlane, University of Kansas Main Campus
Students take on the role of a consultant to solve an environmental problem that could have dire consequences for a nearby community. This activity can be used to initiate discussion on a range of public policy ...

Unit 5. Net Zero Water Buildings part of Water Sustainability in Cities
Steven Burian, University of Utah; Gigi Richard, Colorado Mesa University; Manoj Jha, North Carolina A & T State University; Marshall Shepherd, University of Georgia
Unit 5 addresses the concept of Net Zero Water of buildings. Net Zero Water can be defined in different ways. For this module it means a building's water needs are supplied 100% from harvested rainwater or ...

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Unit 1.2: Exploring the Hydrologic Cycle part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
Ed Barbanell, Concord Consortium, The; John Ritter, Wittenberg University; Meghann Jarchow, University of South Dakota
In this activity, students focus on ecosystem services specifically related to the hydrologic cycle. Using rainfall-runoff data for a small watershed in Ohio, students are introduced to the technical vocabulary ...

Unit 1.3: Understanding Perturbations to Hydrologic Systems part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
Ed Barbanell, Concord Consortium, The; Meghann Jarchow, University of South Dakota; John Ritter, Wittenberg University
In this activity, students examine the impact of land use on runoff. Using rainfall-runoff data for two small watersheds in Ohio, one dominated by agricultural land uses and the other dominated by urban land uses, ...

Unit 2.1: Hydrologic Impact of Land-Use Change part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
John Ritter, Wittenberg University; Meghann Jarchow, University of South Dakota; Ed Barbanell, Concord Consortium, The
In this activity, students model the impact of land-cover changes on stormwater runoff using the EPA's National Stormwater Calculator (Calculator). The students are introduced to the Calculator through a ...

Unit 2.2: Mitigation Using Low Impact Development (LID) Controls part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
John Ritter, Wittenberg University; Ed Barbanell, Concord Consortium, The; Meghann Jarchow, University of South Dakota
In this activity, students model the impact of changes in land cover on stormwater runoff using the EPA's National Stormwater Calculator. Students mitigate increased stormwater runoff resulting from ...

Unit 2.3: Modeling Land-Use Change and Mitigation Strategies part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
John Ritter, Wittenberg University; Meghann Jarchow, University of South Dakota; Ed Barbanell, Concord Consortium, The
In this activity, students model the impact of a proposed land-use change for a local site using the EPA's National Stormwater Calculator (Calculator). Given a description of the proposed land-use change, ...

Unit 3.2: Presentation and Reflection part of An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources
Ed Barbanell, Concord Consortium, The; Meghann Jarchow, University of South Dakota; John Ritter, Wittenberg University
In this activity, the student groups organized at the end of Unit 3.1 will prepare presentations representing different stakeholder positions. This artifact—Part I of the Module Summative Assessment (Microsoft ...

Understanding wetlands part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Urban Geology:Activities
Solomon Isiorho, Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne
Students collect soil samples from in and around wetlands, make visual observation, divide soil cores into sections (depending on the soil type), dry, sieve, and analyze samples. Have students identify ...

Plume Delineation Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Urban Geology:Activities
Steven Lev, Towson University
Students are given a data set and base map for a potentially contaminated aquifer and are asked to create a plume delineation map and determine if there is a contaminant source, where it is and who is being most ...

A Sustainable Southwest Japanese Garden part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Service Learning:Activities
Rhonda Spidell, Albuquerque Academy
A Sustainable Southwest Japanese Garden Project combines Earth Systems geoscience curriculum with designing and developing a sustainable Japanese garden. The garden uses water harvested from the roof of the ...

Consequences of Modern Energy Use: A Remote Sensing analysis of the gulf oil spill using ArcGIS software. part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Energy:Energy Activities
Jared Beeton, Adams State College
Students download satellite imagery and conduct a remote sensing analysis of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill using ArcGIS software.

Climate as Constraint part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Climate Change:Activities
Suzanne Pierce, University of Texas at Austin, The
This classroom assignment and discussion guide presents the relationship between groundwater availability, use, and climate conditions. Students are asked to consider the possible implications of regional climate ...

Measurement of River Flow part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Environmental Geology:Activities
Jeremy Shannon, Michigan Technological University
The laboratory is an outdoor exercise where students visit a local stream and use two methods to calculate stream discharge. Tapes, Philadelphia rods,and a transit are employed for stream measurements. The students ...

Flood Frequency Analysis part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Environmental Geology:Activities
Sheila Roberts, Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
This assignment asks students to do a flood frequency analysis to determine the size and stage of various floods and determine if the town of Crawford, OH is likely to be flooded or not. Outcomes: learn to work ...

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