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In this activity, students produce a land cover map of a 15 km x 15 km GLOBE study site from hard copies of Landsat satellite images. Students place clear transparencies over the Landsat TM images and use markers to outline and classify areas of... (View More)

In this field activity, students conduct a visual survey of a hydrology study site, and collect information about land cover and water quality. These observations are used to stimulate research-able questions about land cover and water chemistry... (View More)

In this simulation exercise, students determine where to place a hosptial using a classified land cover map to make environmentally sound land use decisions. Results are presented in a mock town hall meeting. A student worksheet is included within... (View More)

In this problem-based learning activity, students help the Forest Service make a decision: the next time there's a natural fire in Yellowstone National Park, should they try to put it out or let it burn? They perform an Earth system science analysis... (View More)

In this problem-based learning activity, students are asked to research and make recommendations that balance the benefits of a healthy forest with the economic needs of the people who log it. Students use NIH Image software to analyze satellite... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free

In this problem-based learning activity, students will examine opposing views on the Amazon Rainforest and will take a position on land-use and species conservation in one of the last areas of biodiversity on Earth. This activity is part of... (View More)

Keywords: Biodiversity
Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This problem-based learning module focuses on the increasing atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide and its effects on the various spheres of the Earth system. More specifically, students will predict how these effects may impact the growth of... (View More)

In this fieldwork activity, students learn that when setting up a research design a system's boundaries are based on the question(s) a scientist wants to answer. Students ground truth, or validate, a pixel within a homogeneous area of a satellite... (View More)

Students compare soils sampled from different environments and describe their color, texture, and composition. Samples of different soils are mixed with water in small vials, and water soil profiles are compared for difference in particle size and... (View More)

In this problem-based learning activity, students explore the economic advantages and tradeoffs associated with grazing on public lands. Students calculate the fees paid by a rancher to graze cattle on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property, and... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per group of students