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Topics Explored: Acid Rain, Pollution, Biodiversity, Logarithmic Scales

This case study explores indicator species, acid precipitation, and the impacts of the Clean Air Act. Answer key included.

Case Study: Brook Trout in the Adirondacks (Teacher & Student Edition)

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  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
    HS-LS2-1. Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.
    HS-LS2-2. Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.
    HS-LS2-6. Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
    HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
    HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    HS-ESS2-5. Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.

     

    AP® Environmental Science Learning Objectives:
    1.7 Explain the steps and reservoir interactions in the hydrologic cycle.
    2.1 Explain levels of biodiversity and their importance to ecosystems.
    2.2 Describe ecosystem services. Describe the results of human disruption to ecosystem services. 
    2.3 Describe island biogeorgraphy. Describe the role of island biogeography in evolution. 
    2.4 Describe ecological tolerance.
    2.6 Describe how organisms adapt to their environment. 
    4.6 Describe the characteristics of a watershed.
    7.1 Identify the sources and effects of air pollutants. 
    7.7 Describe acid deposition. Describe the effects of acid deposition in the environment. 

    AP® Environmental Science Practices:
    1: Explain environmental concepts, processes, and models presented in written format. 
    2: Analyze visual representations of environmental concepts and processes. 
    3: Analyze sources of information about environmental issues. 
    4: Analyze research studies that test environmental principles. 
    5: Analyze and interpret quantitative data represented in tables, charts, and graphs.
    6: Apply quantitative methods to address environmental concepts.
    7: Propose and justify solutions to environmental problems.

    IB Environmental Systems Learning Objectives:
    5.1.1 Define the term pollution.
    5.1.3 State the major sources of pollutants.
    5.7.3 Describe and evaluate pollution management strategies for urban air pollution. 
    5.8.2 Describe three possible effects of acid deposition on soil, water and living organisms. 
    5.8.3 Explain why the effect of acid deposition is regional rather than global. 
    5.8.4 Describe and evaluate pollution management stategies for acid deposition. 

     

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    AP Environmental Science Curriculum Topics: 7.7
    IB Environmental Systems & Societies Curriculum Topics: 6.4

     

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