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Identify the Problem & Ask Questions

Human Impact (Problem): Landslides

(Part A): Background Information

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

  • drive rods into the ground for support
  • change the surface
  • increase drainage from the soils

     

    Assignment Specifics

    Final Product: 4-5 Page Written Report

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

    • history of recorded landslides
    • explanation of how landslides occur
    • indicators, signs, conditions of potential future landslides

    (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 (AND, OR, NOT)
    • 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:

    • "landslide mitigation"
    • landslide OR landslip
    • "warning signs" AND landslide
    • solutions OR preventions AND landslides
    • rods, spikes
        

      Human Impact Videos

       

      RESOURCES

      Usernames and passwords for subscription databases and e-books are located under the Contents section of the Edline homepage.

       

      National Geographic Magazine, 1888-Current (Gale)

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      Gale Subscription Databases

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      BIBLIOGRAPHIES & CITATIONS

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      Be responsible.

      Be honest.

      Show integrity.

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      APA (American Psychological Association)

      American Psychological Association (APA) style is most often used in the sciences and social sciences.

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      Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
      APA Formatting & Style Guide

       

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