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View Resource Hurricane Katrina: Wetland Destruction

Wetlands along the southern coastlines of the United States serve as natural blocks to approaching hurricanes, starving them of warm ocean water and creating physical barriers to storm surge floods. However, construction of levees and canals in the last one hundred years has turned thousands of square miles of wetland habitat into open water. This video explores the importance of wetlands and...

View Resource Conserving Water at Home

Humans depend on freshwater for drinking as well as for domestic, agricultural, and industrial uses. Careless and wasteful use of this renewable but high-demand natural resource contributes to water depletion. This video segment provides a look at a house in Tuscon, Arizona that is equipped with water conservation devices that cut its household water consumption in half. There is also discussion...

View Resource The Formulation of Fossil Fuels

This lesson plan will help students understand their own role in the larger picture of energy consumption. The material looks at what energy is required for all of the products we use on a daily basis. It would be useful when introducing students to the differences between renewable and non-renewable resources, or in general ecology education. The material should require about four class periods...

View Resource A Home Energy Audit

This lesson plan turns students into amateur building inspectors. They will analyze the energy efficiency of a home, and will be able to identify the major construction, maintenance and design features that make a building energy efficient. Students will also make a draft detector to use during the activity. Audit worksheets are included for students to use.

View Resource Search for the Missing Sea Otters: An Ecological Detective Story

This case study helps students in understanding how to apply ecological principles to a real-life environmental problem. Data having to do with the decline in sea otter population in Alaska will be used to practice testable hypotheses. The lesson could be used in high school or undergraduate biology coursework. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also...

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