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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: Great Lakes Information Network
Submitted by: Marty Zahn on Jul 17, 2005
Date Last Modified: Jul 17, 2005
Title: Human Impacts on Great Lakes Ecosystem
Description: This assignment focuses on a description of one of the Great Lakes and then on a particular Area of Concern within that Lake. Areas of Concern document human impacts at a particular location and the actions being taken to correct the problems caused by human activity.
Course: General Biology or Ecology
Prerequisites Skills: Use of the internet and word processing skills.
Learning Objectives: 1. Be able to describe a specific set of environmental issues impacting a specific geographical location.
2. Be able to understand that environmental insults do not usually come from a single source.
3. Be able to describe the steps required to alleviate an adverse environmental impact and the limitations of these efforts.
4. Understand that what happens in one location is not an isolated event; it impacts other parts of the ecosystem.
Text of Learning Exercise: 1. This exercise is designed for you to learn about the Great Lakes as an
ecosystem and the environmental issues that are cause for concern in that area.

Specific objectives:

A. Be able to describe a specific set of environmental issues impacting a
specific geographical location.

B. Be able to understand that environmental insults do not usually come from a
single source.

C. Be able to describe the steps required to alleviate an adverse environmental
impact and the limitations of these efforts.

D. Understand that what happens in one location is not an isolated event; it
impacts other parts of the ecosystem.

2. Go to the following site address:

www.great-lakes.net/

PART 1:
When you get to the site select Great Lakes from the buttons at the top of the
page. When you get to this page, click on any one of the lakes on the map or
select a lake from the sidebar. Using the various sources within this section of
the site, generally describe the lake. DO NOT QUOTE FROM THE SITE--USE YOUR OWN
WORDS. After describing the lake you chose, return the original Great Lakes
page.

PART 2:
When you get back to the original page, select Environment from the buttons at
the top of the page.
In the side bar for the environment page, you will see a heading labeled
Pollution. Under that heading is Areas of Concern. Click on Areas of Concern.
Scroll down the next page and you will find a list of areas of concern under a
heading for each lake. Select any one of the Areas of Concern (a geographic
location). Describe one specific environmental area of concern in that lake. The
area of concern you select will consist of a specific location and a
description in detail of the problems, causes, and efforts to remediate. Include
what the environmental problem is, the cause(s) of the problems in this area,
what is being done to improve the situation, and how much success people have
had so far. Provide details to support your answer. In addition, describe theimpact of this specific problem has on other locations and the people who live
in the area. Describe any impacts on the wider ecosystem including other Great
Lakes.

PART 3:
This assignment should be three to four typewritten pages. It will be graded
both on content and writing skills.
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