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View Resource Wetlands - An Introduction

This instructional guide is designed to provide instructors with lecture materials and resources that introduce wetlands as ecosystems. Student objectives, a general lecture outline and a more detailed PowerPoint presentation with instructor notes are provided. Wetland definitions and their importance are discussed as well as the criteria that are used to distinguish wetlands from uplands....

View Resource Swampeast Missouri

In this Starting Point case study, students will explore wetland hydrology and biology. They will decide whether or not to restore a wetland or retain dams and drainage systems. Students will also examine the complexity of decisions regarding wetland restoration as well as investigate viewpoints of various stakeholders in the draining of wetlands. While the activity is set in Missouri, the case...

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 Maine Department of Conservation: Wetlands Activity

This four-week unit contains activities in which students investigate the natural history of a wetland, identify its boundaries, and study how it functions in the environment. They will investigate the formation of wetlands in Maine; prepare a series of map overlays researching wetland conditions for a site they have chosen in the community; learn how to recognize a wetland by hydrology,...

View Resource Wetlands - Then and Now

This instructional guide is designed to provide instructors with lecture materials and resources that describe the various ways that wetlands are classified, their current status and a historical perspective on wetlands. Trajectories and drivers of wetland loss and degradation in the United States are emphasized. Current wetland issues including the loss of mangrove wetlands and the impacts of...

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