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The Dead Zone: Other Activities


Homework/ Classwork

  1. Students generate questions/answers on hypoxia issues. Prepare two questions relating to hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico for class discussion.

  2. New Jersey is tired of being picked on. The governor has received complaints that scientists are giving the state a bad name by comparing the state’s size to the size of the dead zone. Come up with something different so that New Jersey will be happy. Determine an equivalent comparison in size of the Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone anywhere in the world. Explain how you generated your equivalent. Information: The largest areal extent of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico occurred in July 2002 when its area reached 22,000 km2 (8,500 mi2).

  3. On average, the Mississippi River discharges 1.6 million tons of total nitrogen into the Gulf each year. Determine a meaningful equivalent to this weight/volume of nitrogen, e.g. number of an animal or thing that would weigh 1.6 million tons and how much space it would take up. For example, determine the number of ants that would weigh 1.6 million tons and how far that number would stretch end to end. You will need to find an average weight of the ant and an average length to provide an equivalent.

  4. Develop a concept map on any aspect of hypoxia or illustrate your ideas of how the Gulf becomes hypoxic in the summer.

  5. Read newspaper articles on the Dead Zone and critique the article using your knowledge and expertise on hypoxia. Did the author depict the issue accurately? What would you have stressed in the article? Did the article represent the issue accurately?

  6. Write a letter to the editor concerning an issue related to hypoxia or make some demand for legislation or changes in town/city practices.

  7. Visit the NOAA State of the Coast website and listen to scientist interviews concerning hypoxia. Compare their oral discussion to the written summary listed on the website. Do all of the scientists agree on the issue?


Projects

Project 1
In groups or individually, use hypoxia as a theme to develop a game that will be played by classmates. The game may be any type of game (e.g. board, card, word, physical or strategy game, etc.), but hypoxia must be a theme.

Project 2
Students will prepare an advertisement (commercial) in any media form and present it live or on video to the class. Time limit is three minutes for complete advertisement presentation. The commercial may be in any form for radio, TV, magazine, billboard,etc.

Project 3
Develop a travel brochure covering the topic of hypoxia.

Project 4
Write an article for the school or town newspaper discussing/educating the public about hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.

Project 5
Develop a public service announcement (PSA) to educate fellow students/parents/public about hypoxia and solutions to remedy the problem.


Activities

Geography Activity
Below is a list of countries and water bodies where hypoxia is known to occur. On a black-and-white map, label and color all water bodies that have been hypoxic. Label and shade in countries and states that border hypoxic water bodies. For each area, discuss or list possible factors that may contribute to hypoxia in those area.

North America

Body of Water

Location

Hillsborough Bay

Florida

Long Island Sound

New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island

Gulf of Mexico

Louisiana

ChesapeakeBay

Maryland

Mobile Bay

Alabama

Pamlico Sound

North Carolina

Perdido Bay

Florida

Saanich Inlet

British Columbia, Canada

Rappahannock River

Virginia

Europe

Body of Water

Location

Arhus Bay

Denmark

Baltic Sea, Central

Sweden, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia

Bornholm Basin, S. Baltic Sea

Denmark

German Bight, North Sea

Germany

Gullsmarfjord

Sweden (West Coast)

Kattegat

Sweden- Denmark

Kiel Bay

Germany

Laholm Bay

Sweden

Limfjord

Denmark

Lough Ine

Ireland

Loch Creran

Scotland

Oslofjord

Norway

Swedish west coast fjords

Sweden

Sommone Bay

France

Sullom Voe

Shetland

Byfjord

Sweden

Idefjord

Sweden, Norway

Gulf of Finland

Finland, Estonia

Caspian Sea

Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan

Mediterranean

Body of Water

Location

Adriatic Sea

Italy, Slovenia, Croatia

Aegean Sea

Greece, Turkey

Black Sea

Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Georgia

Elefsis Bay

Greece, Turkey

Gulf of Trieste

Italy, Slovenia

Sea of Azov

Ukraine, Russia

Australia - Asia

Body of Water

Location

Seto Inland Sea

Japan

Tome Cove

Japan

Port Hacking

Australia

Tolo Harbor

Hong Kong

Yellow Sea

China


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