Chesapeake Bay Food Web
Disrupted Food Webs: Exploring the relationship between overfishing and dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay
Students analyze historic and present-day food webs and graph historic and present-day Chesapeake Bay data to learn how food web complexity is easily overlooked, and why that complexity is important to healthy ecosystems.
|Essential Question: In what ways have people caused the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem to become more vulnerable to algal blooms and dead zones?|
|Key Topics: Food Webs, Nitrogen Cycle, Dead Zones, Overfishing, Estuaries, Graphing|
|Level: 7th - 12th grade|
|Pacing: Four class periods|
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