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Breakwaters and Closure Dams
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Design and construction of breakwaters and closure dams in estuaries and rivers. ...

Design and construction of breakwaters and closure dams in estuaries and rivers. Functional requirements, determination of boundary conditions, spatial and constructional design and construction aspects of breakwaters and dams consisting of rock, sand and caissons.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Delft University of Technology
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Delft University OpenCourseWare
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Ir. H.J. Verhagen
Build Your Own Hydroelectric Generator
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Learners follow directions to construct a water-powered electrical generator using a turbine ...

Learners follow directions to construct a water-powered electrical generator using a turbine made from plastic spoons. The model generates a surprising amount of electricity, enough to light a small light bulb, and closely resembles real micro-hydro designs. Use this activity to introduce learners to renewable energy and water as a source of energy. Main webpage includes links to other related resources. Adult supervision recommended.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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GreenLearning Canada
Ecosystem Services - Water Purification
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This lesson, provided by Science NetLinks, teaches students the importance of healthy ...

This lesson, provided by Science NetLinks, teaches students the importance of healthy ecosystems by investigating the example of natural water purification. Students will learn how ecosystems remove pollution from the water and how much it costs humans to do this artificially once ecosystems are no longer healthy. The class will then create a "River Newspaper" reporting on the condition of the local environment.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Teaching and Learning Strategies
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Environmental Impact
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The Gold Rush, positive for California in so many ways, had a ...

The Gold Rush, positive for California in so many ways, had a devastating effect on the state's environment. Many of these problems were directly related to gold-mining technology. The process of hydraulic mining, which became popular in the 1850s, caused irreparable environmental destruction. Two images show California's largest hydraulic mine ? Malakoff Diggings, in Nevada County ? in action. (Malakoff Diggings is now a state park and open to visitors.) Dams (such as the English Dam in Nevada County, shown in one photograph), which were constructed to help supply water to the mines during the dry summer months, changed the course of rivers. The sediment washed away by hydraulic mining clogged riverbeds and lakes, threatening agriculture throughout the Central Valley. Conflicts over water arose between mining and farming interests. Hydraulic mining essentially came to an end in 1884 with the Sawyer Decision, legislation passed to resolve this conflict. The mining industry also needed a great deal of wood, both to fuel the boilers at the mines and to build extensive canal systems. This demand for lumber helped create the logging industry. California's forests had plenty of trees to log, many quite large. The lithograph "The Stump and Trunk of the Mammoth Tree of Calaveras" depicts a society ball at which 32 people danced on the stump of a giant sequoia tree. Photographer Carleton E. Watkins was well known for his images of the grand views of the West. He was the first to capture Yosemite on film, and helped shape how people throughout the country and the world viewed California. He took many of the broad landscape photos in this group. Watkins also made use of the new technology of the day to create stereoscopic views, including the image of the Malakoff Diggings. There are also several Daguerreotypes in this topic. They include a portrait of John A. Sutter (at whose mill gold was first discovered); miners at work; miners with equipment; and general scenes of mining operations.

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University of California
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Flooding, Oh My!
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This is a 21 day unit on the topic of floods. Students ...

This is a 21 day unit on the topic of floods. Students will plan and prepare for what might happen in the event of a flood in our area. We have had floods in the past that have affected the Walterville School, its campus, and the surrounding areas. Using this as a springboard, students will discuss the effects of flooding, do research and interview family members who have experienced flooding, and then discuss possible ways to prevent significant damage on the buildings and surrounding areas. They will then design a barrier that could protect an area from damage for a period of time. Students will need materials to conduct experiments. We have listed these in the lesson plan. We have also included a trip to the Leaburg Dam so that students can learn about dams and their uses. We plan on teaching this unit in the fall.

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Hydrology
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Lane County STEM Hub
Geoguide - Dams
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This site explains why and how people build dams and explores the ...

This site explains why and how people build dams and explores the positive and negative impacts a dam may have on a community, offering questions to probe further. This look at building a dam complements "Down The Zambezi" in the October 1997 issue of National Geographic. The article describes a visit to Africa's Kariba Dam. Also available are teacher-contributed ideas for classroom and familiy activities; some are aligned with the National Geography Education Standards.

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Astronomy
Chemistry
Hydrology
Physical Geography
Physics
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Activities and Labs
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
DLESE Community Collection
Global Freshwater Crisis, Spring 2011
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For the first time in history, the global demand for freshwater is ...

For the first time in history, the global demand for freshwater is overtaking its supply in many parts of the world. The U.N. predicts that by 2025, more than half of the countries in the world will be experiencing water stress or outright shortages. Lack of water can cause disease, food shortages, starvation, migrations, political conflict, and even lead to war. Models of cooperation, both historic and contemporary, show the way forward. The first half of the course details the multiple facets of the water crisis. Topics include water systems, water transfers, dams, pollution, climate change, scarcity, water conflict/cooperation, food security, and agriculture. The second half of the course describes innovative solutions: Adaptive technologies and adaptation through policy, planning, management, economic tools, and finally, human behaviors required to preserve this precious and imperiled resource. Several field trips to water/wastewater/biosolids reuse and water-energy sites will help us to better comprehend both local and international challenges and solutions.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Murcott, Susan
How Will Climate Change Affect the Ecosystem of the San Francisco Estuary? Lecture by Dr. Wim Kimmerer, SFSU
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This lecture by Dr. Wim Kimmerer, research professor at the Romberg Tiburon ...

This lecture by Dr. Wim Kimmerer, research professor at the Romberg Tiburon Center, San Francisco State University, presents data and evidence for climate related change in the San Francisco Estuary. Lecture was developed for teachers and educators participating in Our Changing Ocean and Estuaries Series.

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Environmental Science
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Our Changing Oceans and Estuaries
Romberg Tiburon Center, San Francisco State Univeristy
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Dr. Wim Kimmerer
Wilderness and American Identity
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This site offers an extensive collection of links to sites about water, ...

This site offers an extensive collection of links to sites about water, life, and agriculture in the American West. Some of the articles are from the 19th century, when the arid, western United States was settled. Other pieces are more current and show how indigenous peoples of North America have survived in hostile terrains.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Hydrology
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)