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Interactions between Water, Earth’s Surface, and Human Activity

Author(s): Sue DeBari1, Kyle Gray2, Julie Monet3

1. Western Washington University 2. University of Northern Iowa 3. California State University - Chico

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This two-week (~10-hour) module focuses on water and its importance to humans, both as a limited resource and in shaping Earth's surface.

Licensed under CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International according to these terms

Version 1.0 - published on 10 Jan 2018 doi:10.25334/Q41961 - cite this


Students who learn with this module will:

  • Construct their own understanding of the behavior of rivers through the use of stream tables and real streamflow data
  • Engage in a data-rich activity that is well-aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Analyze streamflow and precipitation data and apply their knowledge to inform their local community about flooding hazards

In working with data, students will:

  • Use Google Earth to measure distances and elevations and calculate stream gradients
  • Calculate flood recurrence intervals
  • Look for trends relating precipitation and streamflow data


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