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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.

Earth System Topics: HydrologySurface Water, Biosphere:Ecology, Climate, Biosphere, Earth's Cycles:Hydrologic Cycle, Human Dimensions:Land Use, Surface Processes:Rivers and Lakes, Human Dimensions:Waste, Policy

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.

Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Surface Water, Biosphere:Ecology, Hydrology, Human Dimensions:Land Use, Biosphere

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.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Resources, Land Use, Environmental Quality, Biosphere:Diversity, Biosphere, Ecology

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.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere, Ecology

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

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere

Investigative Case - Living in an Alkaline Environment part of Examples
Living in an Alkaline Environment is a three-part interactive activity that explores the ecology and diversity of life in alkaline environments.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere

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.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere, Ecology

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.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Environmental Quality, Resources, Biosphere:Ecology, Hydrology:Surface Water, Hydrology, Biosphere

Investigative Case - "Rio Grande Wildlife Refuge" part of 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: Hydrology, Biosphere, Ecology

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.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere, Hydrology:Surface Water, Hydrology

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