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 - 12

    Explore the Critical Zone: WSKG video

    All Disciplines

    Video

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    National

  • × Kamini Singha (Boulder Creek CZO, Colorado School of Mines) sits in a grassy field discussing the importance of the Critical Zone.

    Grades 6 - 12

    Explore the Critical Zone: WSKG video

    All Disciplines

    Video

    A seven-minute video that explores the Critical Zone, what it is, why it's important, and how the NSF CZO program is studying it. The video emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of work in the critical zone.

    Educational Objectives

    • Explain what the Critical Zone and Critical Zone Science are.
    • Describe some ways humans are changing the Critical Zone and why these changes are important to understand.

     

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    Audience: K-12 • General Public

    Observatory: National CZO

    Author: R. Ross (PRI), N. Coddington (WSKG), S. Johnson (WSKG), A. Moore (PRI), L. Derry (Cornell Univ), T. White (Penn State), J. Richardson (Cornell Univ), K. Singha (CSM), S. Brantley (Penn State)


  • Grades 6 - 12

    What is leaching?

    Hydrology +

    Information

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    National

  • × Illustration of water moving through vegetation and into and through the soil and rock.

    Grades 6 - 12

    What is leaching?

    Hydrology • SoilScience/Pedology

    Information

    This blog post covers the topic of leaching, the process in which water carries soluble substances or small particles through soil or rock.

    Educational Objectives

    Readers will be able to describe the process of leaching, its function, and the effect it has on the structure of the Critical Zone.

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    Audience: K-12 • General Public

    Observatory: National CZO

    Author: Justin Richardson (UMass)


  • Grades 6 - 14

    Reynolds Creek Virtual Tour

    Biogeochemistry +

    Tour & Video +

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    Reynolds

  • × The Reynolds Creek Virtual Tour

    Grades 6 - 14

    Reynolds Creek Virtual Tour

    Biogeochemistry • Biology/Ecology • Climatology/Meteorology • SoilScience/Pedology • Outreach/EducationResearch

    Tour • Video • Website • Information

    Take a virtual tour of the Reynolds Creek Critical Zone Observatory! Track snowfall and predict soil thickness. Learn about soil carbon and how climate change and sagebrush ecosystems are modeled.

    Educational Objectives

    Objectives being written.

    Tracking Snow:  Measuring Nature’s Water Reservoir.  

    Organic Carbon:  The Key Variable in a Changing Climate.  

    Inorganic Carbon:  A Different Type of Carbon.  

    Predicting Soil Thickness:  Anywhere on a Landscape.  

    CORE Sites:  The Most Advanced Ecosystem Measurements Anywhere.  

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    Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education

    Observatory: Reynolds CZO

    Author: Sindelar, H., Kanode, C., and S. Lanier. Montana State University. School of Film & Photography.

    Funding: The Reynolds Creek Critical Zone Observatory: EAR # 1331872 and ICER # 1445246

  • 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)


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