The High Plains: Land of Extremes

Bureau of Land Management, Office of Environmental Education and Volunteers

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This site covers the physical features of the High Plains (or Great Plains), the grasses and plants of the area, prairie dog ecosystems, riparian areas, mining, management, water resources, and fire cycles. Student activities are based on the study of groundwater movement, energy resources, wind energy, and riparian areas. A debate allows students to understand the viewpoints of different interest groups in considering whether the black-footed ferret should be reintroduced onto public lands.

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Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Groundwater , Biology, Environmental Science:Energy, Mineral Resources:Mining, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Wildfires, Geoscience:Hydrology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Geoscience:Geology
Resource Type: Activities, Classroom Activity
Special Interest: Hazards
Grade Level: Primary (K-2), Middle (6-8), Intermediate (3-5)
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Resources, Environmental Quality, Natural Hazards
Topics: Biosphere, Earth surface, Human Dimensions/Resources, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Hazards, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Minerals