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General Public

The CZOs strive to educate the general public.

Study of the Critical Zone is a new and evolving realm of science - by necessity, the CZO education and outreach effort has focused on the Earth science community. Nonetheless, the CZOs strive to educate the general public, for example through our presence at the second U.S. Science and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C. during April 2012. Our exhibit booth included a variety of pamphlets as well as hands-on activities: geologists demonstrated various processes of weathering and erosion, ecologists showed how to determine the leaf-area index of a forest, and hydrologists used on-line tools to show how land use change affects hydrologic characteristics of a landscape.

Eric Carpenter (CU-Boulder), education and outreach specialist for the Boulder Creek CZO, leads students through a hands-on learning exercise relating glaciation to erosion and sedimentation during the U.S. Science and Technology Expo in Washington, D.C. during April 2012.

Educational Resources (examples for general public)

  • Grades 6 - 14

    Mapping Earth systems

    All Disciplines

    Information & Dataset +

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    National

  • × Very colorful map of Bedrock Geology for the U.S.  Maps of very different characteristics in the landscape can reveal surprising connections.

    Grades 6 - 14

    Mapping Earth systems

    All Disciplines

    Information • Dataset • Activity

    View ten maps of the contiguous 48 states, each highlighting different geographic features. Viewing the maps collectively reveals connections among different Earth systems.

    Educational Objectives

    • Describe similarities in the geographic distribution of different characteristics of the landscape.
    • Speculate on relationships among these different characteristics.
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    NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns • Systems and System Models

    NGSS Science & Engineering Practices: Developing and Using Models

    NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS2 - Earth’s Systems • ESS3 - Earth and Human Activity


    Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education

    Observatory: National CZO

    Author: Don Haas (PRI)


  • Grades 6 - 14

    CZ Science Cafe Series

    All Disciplines +

    Video

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    Catalina-Jemez

  • × Jon Chorover (U of Arizona) presenting 'Introduction to the Critical Zone' during the 2015 Critical Zone Science Cafe Series.

    Grades 6 - 14

    CZ Science Cafe Series

    All Disciplines • SoilScience/Pedology • Biology/Molecular • Hydrology

    Video

    Watch fascinating, public lectures from four Catalina-Jemez CZO researchers. The 30-minute lectures are part of the Critical Zone Science Cafe Series from Fall 2015, in Tucson, AZ.

    Educational Objectives

    Viewers will be able to describe:

    • The concept of the CZ
    • The role of microbes in the CZ
    • The role of soil in the CZ
    • The role of water in the CZ
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    Audience: K-12 • General Public

    Observatory: Catalina-Jemez CZO

    Author: Jon Chorover (U of Arizona), Craig Rasmussen (U of Arizona), Rachel Gallery (U of Arizona) and Tom Meixner (U of Arizona)


    Funding: The Catalina-Jemez Critical Zone Observatory in collaboration with the University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium.

  • Grades 9 - 12

    Where do trees get their water?

    Biology/Ecology +

    Information

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    National

  • × Two illustrated cross-section views of a landscape. One with a plant's root system in shallow soil saying, 'Shallow for rain!' The other with a tree's root system reaching deeper soil saying, 'Deep soil water.'

    Grades 9 - 12

    Where do trees get their water?

    Biology/Ecology • Hydrology • SoilScience/Pedology

    Information

    In this blog post, learn how stable isotopes are used to determine a tree's water source.

    Educational Objectives

    Readers will be able to describe the possible sources of water for trees and the method used to determine a tree's water source. 

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    Audience: K-12 • General Public

    Observatory: National CZO

    Author: Justin Richardson (UMass)


    Related Resource:

  • Grades 6 - 14

    An Introduction to Virtual Fieldwork

    All Disciplines +

    Virtual Fieldwork & Website +

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    Cross-CZO

  • × PRI's VFE database is accessed through an interactive map. It includes VFEs for the Shale Hills, Southern Sierra, and Luquillo CZOs.

    Grades 6 - 14

    An Introduction to Virtual Fieldwork

    All Disciplines • Geology/Chronology • Biology/Ecology • Geomorphology • GIS/RemoteSensing • SoilScience/Pedology

    Virtual Fieldwork • Website • Activity • Information • Tour

    Explore a range of Virtual Fieldwork Experiences, and resources for their production and use. This site includes examples of highlighted VFEs, selected resources and strategies for using VFEs in teaching and learning, and a large collection of VFEs.

    Educational Objectives

    This page introduces a range of resources with a wide range of objectives. Selected objectives include:

    • Teachers and learners will visit virtual field sites and be able to characterize aspects of the geology and biology of those sites, and aspects of how the biosphere, geosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere interact at these sites.
    • Employ technological tools to capture aspects of environments in ways that those aspects may be shared with others.
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    Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education

    Observatory: National CZO • Luquillo CZO • Shale Hills CZO • Sierra CZO

    Author: Don Haas (The Paleontological Research Institution)


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