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Dead Zone Model - COSEE Coastal Trends

Lesson Plan 

Students add fertilizer to pond, river, or estuarine water and compare results to a control treatment with no added fertilizer to simulate how algal blooms and dead zones occur in coastal bodies of water due to nutrient pollution.

Concept: Humans and the coast
Coastal areas and humans are particularly interconnected.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation
Constance, change, and measurement

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

9-12 C Life Science
The cell
Interdependence of organisms
Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
Behavior of organisms

9-12 F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Natural and hum-induced hazards

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected (concept f)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 18 Human Pollution and the Health of the Ocean 18:12-43