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Identify the Problem & Ask Questions

You will choose your professional role in the group: 

  • Geoscientist
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Physicist

Your team of scientists will refine a solution for reducing human impact on Earth systems.

Human Impact (Problem): Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Degradation

Possible Solutions (each student will be assigned one solution to research and refine):

  • implement restrictions on fertilizer/pesticide use and residential or commercial lawns
  • restrict the area of impervious cover (roads and parking lots) in surrounding areas
  • require traps and filtering devices for runoff


    Assignment Specifics

    Final Product: 4-5 Page Written Report

    (Part A) Introduction (2 pages) must include:

    • history of Chesapeake Bay area land use and how it has changed
    • explanation of how to identify a healthy ecosystem versus an unhealthy ecosystem
    • indicators of an unhealthy ecosystem

    (Part B) Technical Report (2-3 pages)

    • describe your refinement of the selected solution (your changes)
    • explain how your solution will impact earth systems (using the provided template)
    • construct an argument for why your refined solution is the best option

    In addition, the report must include:

    • at least  3 diagrams and/or pictures

    Other requirements

    • typed using Times New Roman,12 point
    • double spaced
    • at least 7 sources must be used
    • bibliography (APA format)

    Search Strategies

    • Locate and search appropriate resources
    • Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
    • Think of synonyms
    • Use Boolean searching
    • Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
    • Search for a variety of sources - print text, video, audio, still images, speeches, interviews, charts, graphs, research and case studies, and more!
    • Be creative

    Some search terms to try:

    • runoff OR "polluted runoff"
    • stormwater
    • drainage, "storm drains"
    • watershed
    • "impervious surfaces"
    • solution, prevention, mitigation 
    • impervious surfaces alternatives
    • "sustainable landscaping"
    • reduce
    • improve

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