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Student(s):Students of Amy Uebelhor
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
GLOBE Educator(s):Amy Uebelhor
Contributors:Noah Ray, Hannah Coffman, Vincent Ounchaidee, Carlee Merkling, Darien Wood, Mark Stewart, Victoria Qualls, LeeRoy Garcia Jr., Vicki Turner, Seth Santiago, Will Cain, Ronee Willoughby, Nancy Aguirre, Natalya Dunaway
Report Type(s):
Protocols:pH, Water Temperature, Water Transparency
Date Submitted:05/01/2013
Screen capture from presentation
The purpose of the project was to try to show how different weather changes would change the temperature, pH, and transparency of the water in the outdoor stream and why there are few animals in the outdoor lab (woods). We did this by taking the pH of the water in the stream every week on Thursday. While we are out in the outdoor lab (woods), we also measured the transparency, cloud cover, and the temperature of the water. Each week we made observations about the area around the stream and the lack of animal prints along the streamline.


What do you believe caused the dramatic change in pH and turbidity?
What types of organisms do you believe were affected by the change in pH and turbidity?
What do you think would happen if you took measurements at different times of the year? Do you expect there would be any changes?
Decatur Middle School Students - Great work! What do you think you should research next to learn even more about your stream and outdoor area? Also, what was the most interesting part of your research and what you found out?
Hello Noah, Hannah, Vincent, Carlee, Darien, Mark, Victoria, LeeRoy, Vicki, Seth, Will, Ronee, Nancy, and Natalya. Very interesting question.

Why do you think that the turbidity spiked in November and January? What might be happening upstream that might cause greater turbidity?

What animals (or animal prints) were you expecting to see at the stream? Were these mammals living in the woods or were these macroinvertebrates living in the water?

If you were to conduct this investigation again, would you add other measurements to the study? Would you compare your data with other locations upstream or downstream?