Sussex School
Sussex 8th graders visit the University of Montana and explore geospatial technologies.
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Hellgate Middle School - Mike Plautz
Exploring Plate Boundaries and Sands

Students use GIS to work with data on volcanoes, earthquakes, earth topography and ocean crust ages. By classifying the plate boundaries and looking for relationships between the data sets, students determine what is happening at these plate boundaries. Examination of sand samples from around the world extends student experiences in authentic geology research as they categorize the sand's components and predict sample origin in relation to plate boundary types.

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Hellgate Middle School - Tim Mosbacher
Presidential Elections of 2000 and 2004

Using GIS software students will closely analyze voting patterns by county of the 2000 and the 2004 elections. Students discover how a state is declared a blue or red state, and whether this is an accurate statement. Students learn how to critically interpret maps and understand the data layers that make up a map.

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Lolo Images - David Christensen
GIS Monitoring and Mapping of Tansy Along the Bitterroot River

Lolo School students, in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, Region One Botany and Research Natural Area, the GTEC Project, and Rocky Mountain Research Station are developing an ongoing, long-term environmental education program in which students study processes that lead to the maintenance and restoration of native vegetation species in Research Natural Areas, and use geospatial technologies to map and monitor restoration efforts.

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Libby Images - Dean Herried
Tracking Asbestosis: Mapping Libby, MT Vermiculite Exports

Dean and his students are developing a geodatabase of over 200 American cities that received asbestos-containing vermiculite from Libby, Montana. It is estimated that the Libby, Montana, Zonolite mine was the source of over 70% of all vermiculite sold in the U.S. from 1919 to 1990. The death rate from asbestosis in Libby and surrounding areas is 40 to 80 times higher than elsewhere in the state and the nation, suggesting that export of asbestos-containing vermiculite from this area presents a serious health hazard..

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Plains High School - Carl Benson
Watershed Analysis for Riperian Restoration

Carl and his students are implementing GIS software to study a local watershed and investigate changes in stream conditions over the past several years. Plains high school students will import data collected from previous years into ArcMap to analyze changes in the riparian system.

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