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The Rocky Mountain Locust
Extinction and the American Experience
Charles R. Bomar
This case explores conservation and social issues associated with the destruction of vast tracts of farmland in the Great Plains in the late 1800s caused by massive swarms of the Rocky Mountain Locust, Melanoplus spretus. The case was developed for a freshman non-majors environmental science course. Components of it could also be used in an ecology, general biology, public policy, history, or political science course.
|Keywords:||Extinction; Rocky Mountain Locust; Melanoplus spretus; locust swarm; locust plague; American West; Great Plains; prairie|
|Topical Area:||Social issues|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division|
|Subject Headings:||Environmental Engineering Ecology Biology (General)|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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