Land - Use, Soil, Farming, Minerals

Test on Land Use and Soil Thursday March 10, 2011

"If you learn only five things...
1. Several advances in agriculture have increase productivity, but these advances come at a cost. Sustainable agriculture applies ecological principles to farming and has less impact on the environment.
2. Forests, rangelands, and fisheries all hold renewable resources. However, the major dangers are taking too much from them and pollution. These resources can be managed wisely.
3. Mineral resources are expensive to extract and process and are not renewable. Mining has devastating consequences on the environment...Conservation of mineral resources...along with rehabilitation of the mined lands are important in minimizing the impact of mining on the environment.

4. Public lands have many uses, such as forestry, mining, grazing, recreation, and nature preservation. Some of these uses are important economically but not necessarily environmentally friendly...
5. Ecological management of many resources in forests, rangelands, fisheries, mineral sites, and urban areas can be done wisely with the following considerations:
  • Plan use of the land wisely...
  • Conserve the resources already available...
  • Take only what you need of the resource or what you can replace...
  • Preserve biodiversity...
  • After use, rehabilitate the land..."1

Overview: Powerpoint Notes

Land Use Assignments:

Book Notes - Summary questions. Documents uploaded here if necessary.
Book Notes 8.1 Assigned and due Thursday 2/3/11 (Handout)
Book Notes 8.2 Due
Book Notes 8.3 Due
Book Notes 9.1 Due
Book Notes 9.2 Due
Book Notes 9.3 Due

1a. Urban Development & Population Growth

Graphing a city
You will be given a copy of the following document. The graph is due on at the beginning of class on Thursday February 3rd. The assignment is worth 10 points. Each of you will be assigned a city...

New York City - Tori
Dallas - Maddie
Atlanta - Josh
Detroit - Justin
Seattle - Hayley
Denver - Adolfo
San Francisco - John
Los Angeles - Emma
Philadelphia - Kelsey
Boston - Paula
Wash DC - Rin
Anchorage - Sarah P
St Louis - Fidelia
Miami - Sarah F
Salt Lake City - Melanie
New Orleans - Maryclare
Possible websites to use for population data:
Wikipedia - largest cities
A suggestion if you don't locate one single website is to put into your search bar "cityname population year" ("San Diego population 1870" for example)

What makes cities succeed or fail?

You will be given a copy of the following document. Answer the questions in advance to prepare for a class discussion. The discussion will take place on Monday February 7th and is worth 10 participation points. If your work is not completed, you will not be able to score any higher that 6/10 in the discussion.

Follow-up online Discussion.

Click here for the Discussion Assignment Page. This wiki discussion is worth 20 points. You must post at least three times. See the Discussion Assignment Page for questions and directions! Wiki discussion is due in two parts. Your original post is due Monday February 7th by midnight and your followups are due by the beginning of class on Wednesday, February 9th .

1b. Land-Use Model activity.

Handouts in class Tuesday, Februrary 8th, Map activity in class on February 8th and 9th. Map, Analysis and Conclusion questions due on February 10th.

Addendum! For those of you interested in urban/suburban planning, read SLUMBURBIA and be sure to read the comments afterward!!

1c. Land Use: Urban Sprawl and Impervious Surfaces

Issue packet #24, Complete up to question/problem 24-16 Due at the beginning of class on Monday 2/14/11.

2. Book Notes - Land Use and Public Lands

Sections 8.2 & 8.3. Assigned on Monday 2/14/11 Due at the beginning of class on Tuesday 2/15/11

PowerPoint on Soil

3a. What is soil? How is it structured?

Classwork Tuesday 2/15/11,Due at the beginning of class on Wednesday 2/16/11

Download the Soil Webquest .

Use the following web resources to help you (and/or your textbook)

What is soil?
Soil texture
The dirt on soil
Soil profile image and explanations
Rocks and rock cycle

3b. Notes day: Wednesday 2/16/11 - Resource: Soil (Powerpoint to be added later)

3c. Why is soil important?

Handout - Soil - Breaking Ground
Use the website Breaking Ground to complete the work. The work was handed out on Wednesday, 2/16/11 .Due at the beginning of class on Friday 2/18/11 - 15 minutes in class to work on Thursday!!

3d. Soil Lab - Everything you needed to know about what's under your feet!!

You'll get a hard copy of the Soil Characteristics Lab during class on ... If you want/need to read over it at home, here is the .
You will be looking at the texture of soil, it's permeability and porosity, and thinking about how these affect whether and how plants can grow in this soil. The lab will begin on Wednesday, February 23 and continue until Friday, March 4. If you miss a day of school or class, you will need to pick up the work from a lab partner.

You will need one of these per lab group, submitted with the lab data (from above). This is due at the beginning of class on Monday, March 7. There will be no class time dedicated to working on this after Friday, March 4. There is no class on Thursday, March 3!

3e. Where does soil come from?

Handout - Soil Formation
Use the website Soil Geology to complete the work. The webpage itself is long, don't scroll too far away from this link. The information you need is not only in the text, but in the pictures and diagrams.
This work was assigned on Monday, March 1 and due at the end of class.

Land Use and Soil Review - This work was assigned on Monday, March 7 and due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, March 9th. It will be checked for completeness before we go over the answers.

Textbook (Chiras) review. This work was assigned on Tuesday, March 8. Questions #1-3 are due at the end of class on Wednesday, March 10th. The "critical analysis" questions are due at the beginning of class on Friday, March 11.

Test on Land Use and Soil Thursday March 10, 2011

Analysis essay assignment

This text is copy/pasted from the Chiras Textbook review assignment above. This is for clarification purposes on the essay assignment at the bottom.

"Read and answer two of the following questions:
1. Using your knowledge of environmental issues and agriculture and your critical thinking skills, analyze the following statement: “Hunger is not an environmental issue.”
2. Critically analyze this statement: “Soil erosion control is too expensive. We can’t afford to pay for it because our crops don’t bring in enough money.”
3. Critically analyze this statement: “Technology can solve all of our food problems, so there is no need to slow population growth.”
To “critically analyze” means to discuss both the right and wrong aspects of the statement and come to a decision supported by evidence (probably from the text).

These are due on Friday, March 11th, at the beginning of class. They should be thought of as "rough drafts" or "outlines" in preparation for writing an essay. The supporting information should come from the Chiras textbook for this stage of the assignment.

For the next stage of the assignment, you will select one of the “critical analysis” questions (#4,5, or 6) to develop into a full essay that will be due next Tuesday, March 15. It will be submitted through TurnItIn.This iteration of the assignment should be in essay format (unless pre-approved by Thursday morning in an alternative format). Your analysis should include a thesis statement, three points of analysis, and researched information supporting your analysis. You should use both internet and print resources in your essay, integrating quotes where appropriate. A full, properly formatted bibliography with a minimum of 4 sources should be included.

The class on TurnItIn is called "Environmental Science" and the class ID# is 3893010 and the password is green11 .
This assignment is worth 20 points.