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A Killer Lake

In 1986, Lake Nyos, a volcanic lake located in Cameroon, Africa, released a huge amount of carbon dioxide gas, killing over 1,700 people and countl ...

A Question of Responsibility

Most students are aware that asbestos is a health hazard, but don’t know that “asbestos” refers to a variety of minerals with bot ...

Cancel the Cardinals Home Opener?!?

The St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to play their home opener the next day and Megan Riley, a young meteorologist who works for a private weather ...

Cooling Off a Warming Planet

This role-playing case on climate change policy is designed to engage student groups in parallel discussions on policy instruments and packages for ...

Crazy About Cryptids! An Ecological Hunt for Nessie and Other Legendary Creatures

Who wouldn't want to go in search of a creature like Bigfoot, Yeti, or the Loch Ness Monster?  Using the science of ecology, students do exact ...

Disappearing Marine Iguanas

In this interrupted case study, students apply the scientific method to probe possible reasons behind declining marine iguana populations in the Ga ...

Double Black Diamond Slopes

This case study tells the story of a 14-year-old boy, "Danny," who wants to go on a snowboarding adventure with his friends, but is unable to provi ...

From Prairies to Corn Fields for Fuel

With increasing U.S. government support for biofuel production in the late 2000s came increased pressure to convert more land to cornfields for eth ...

Global Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

This “clicker case” begins by assessing students’ impressions of global climate change and the role that human activities play in ...

Global Climate Change: Impact and Remediation

This “clicker case” is a continuation of another case in our collection, “Global Climate Change: Evidence and Causes,” in w ...

Global Climate Change: What Does it Look Like?

In this interrupted case study, Ph.D.-paleoclimatologist-turned-TV-meteorologist Sara Fahrenheit finds herself projected into a future climate that ...

Into the Abyss

Designed for use with small groups in an introductory geology class, this case allows students to determine the relationship between sinkhole devel ...

Katrina's Troubled Waters

This case study explores some of the health issues brought to light during the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. The case encour ...

Life on Mars

This case explores the question of whether there was ever life on Mars and in doing so explores how we define life. The backdrop for the case is th ...

Losing the Farm

In this case study, students examine hydrologic characteristics of a real farm property in northwest Georgia and calculate the volume of storm runo ...

Of Silt and Ancient Voices

This case explores the complex and multifaceted resource management issues that arose when traditional Zuni Indian land and water use practices wer ...

One Glass for Two People

This case study focuses on the growing issue of water use rights in the southeastern United States. Approximately 1.3 million people in North and S ...

PCBs in the Last Frontier

This interrupted case study is based on current research involving the global transport of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Students are asked to ...

Should Dinosaurs Be Cloned from Ancient DNA?

Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, as a novel and then a blockbuster movie, reawakened the public's fascination with dinosaurs. Although di ...

The Dangers of Deicing

Loss of species richness is often due to anthropogenic activity. The global decline of amphibians is one such example. This case study examines the ...

The Dead Zone

This interrupted case study focuses on the seasonal hypoxic area in the Gulf of Mexico known as the Dead Zone. It follows Sue, a college student, w ...

The Ecological Footprint Dilemma

Is it better to have a new parking lot on campus or use that space to develop a community garden? This is the issue presented in this "clicker cas ...

The Galapagos

Using problem-based learning and role-playing, students analyze the geological origins of the Galapagos Islands, their colonization, species forma ...

The Moon Landings

This discussion-based, modular case study provides students an opportunity to examine historical, political, and social issues that impact scientis ...

The Petition: A Global Warming Case

The goal of this dilemma case study is to teach students about global climate change.  The setting is a faculty meeting where the discussion h ...

The River Damned

In this dilemma case, Congresswoman Madeline Gibson must cast her vote on the fate of the lower Snake River dams. The stakeholders in this decision ...

The Slippery Slope of Litigating Geologic Hazards

This case, based on a lawsuit brought against the County of Los Angeles by homeowners suing over damage to their homes in the wake of the Portugues ...

The Value of a Wetland

This case study introduces students to the elements of a renewable resource management project. The issue of wetland drainage, for the purpose of i ...

Using Oceans to Fight Global Warming?

This problem-based case study explores the scientific issues surrounding the use of large scale iron fertilization as a means of decreasing atmosph ...