2.4.1 Project_ Part II — Explore Your Local Physical Environment (1).pdf

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Follow safe practices during this investigation.Use discretion when selecting websites to view for research purposes.Materials:Map of the areaPlastic and paper bagsMagnifierCameraWater testing kit (available at most pool stores) or aquarium test strips (available at petstores)Pencil or penPaper for recording observations
Access to the InternetObserve and Record Data1. Geology is the study of rocks, soil, and landforms in an area. Observe the geological featuresof the area where you live.a. Note the types of landforms you can see (e.g., rolling hills, tall mountains, steep cliffs,deserts, plains, valleys, beaches, etc.). (2 points)
b. Collect rock samples from each area (only if collecting rocks is allowed), or take close-upphotos of samples of the rocks. Paste in a photo here, or draw and describe the features ofthe rock in detail. (2 points)
c. Go to the landing page, and click the "Rock Identification" link. Use the steps provided toattempt to identify your rock type. Use the Internet to research how that type of rock forms.(2 points)
d. Use the Internet to search "geology + [your city]." Describe anything else you learn aboutthe geology of your environment. (2 points)
2. Hydrology is the study of water. Water plays a crucial role in any environment. Observe thehydrologic features (e.g., damp moss or plants, flowing rivers, rocks worn smooth by waterrunning over them, ice on mountains) of the area where you live.a. Look for evidence or effects of water in the area where you live. Describe what you seeand the ways that you observe water interacting with your environment as it moves betweendifferent locations (e.g., rivers flow into lakes, lake levels drop as water evaporates, etc.). (2points)
b. Collect a sample of water to bring home in a plastic bag, and record its source. If nonatural water sources are available, you may test your tap water. Follow these directions:

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