A WebQuest Written by Ms. Shannon Dickson
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| Introduction | Task | Process | Resources | Evaluation |

| Conclusion | Reflection | Extended Opportunity |

| Notes to Teacher | Home |


 In the USA, soil has recently been eroded at about 17 times the rate at which it forms: about 90% of US cropland is currently losing soil above the sustainable rate. Soil erosion rates in Asia, Africa and South America are estimated to be about twice as high as in the USA. The Federal Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 140 million hectares of high quality soil, mostly in Africa and Asia, will be degraded by 2010, unless better methods of land management are adopted.



You will work in teams as members of committees within the FAO to research the extent of this problem. Millions of people could potentially be victims of erosion and weathering in the next few years. You will work together to determine the impact of this situation and the cost to society. Once you have researched the problem, you will discover effective solutions to solve this dilemma or alleviate it. Your group will develop a PowerPoint presentation to present to your superiors within the FAO. Your goal is to determine how to solve this problem.


Process and Resource

1. Assign roles within your committee. You must fill all of your positions so you will be able to complete your goal.

Committee Leader - keeps the group motivated and productive, deals with disputes or problems within the group, keeps research and work directed toward final goal.

Information Organizer - organizes and holds all information and files (electronic and paper).

Technology Specialist - assists committee members with online research, directs committee use of software such as PowerPoint.

Presentation Editor - reviews PowerPoint presentation for grammatical and informational accuracy.

All group members will work together as a team to research weathering and erosion and determine feasible solutions.

2. Begin your research of the problem with these websites. Remember to identify the credibility of the site before determining it is a proper source.


Graphic Erosion

  Pictures of Different Types of Weathering

weathering-erosion Pictures of Weathering and Erosion

  Causes of Weathering and Erosion

Factors Controlling the Rate of Erosion

  USGS- Difference Between Erosion & Weathering


Once you have compiled a respectable body of information on your assigned weathering or erosion issue, you must research possible dangers and or solutions. Begin with the links below. You may branch off within these links or search for more on the Internet.

Soil Erosion

Random Graphic Study of Historic Hopi Buttes Area

  Erosion in the Southwest

  Coastal Erosion Prevention

 Wind Erosion Prevention

  Beach Erosion Prevention Study

  Geologic Hazards: Landslides

  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Landslides and Mudflows

3. You should now have a large amount of information about your type of weathering or erosion issue and possible solutions or preventions. Your next task is to create a presentation that you will present to the organization you work for, the FAO. Your bosses are fairly knowledgeable when it comes to the problem, but they don't have the research they need on solutions. Therefore, your presentation should include more information and slides on solutions to this terrible problem.

Create a presentation that is professional but visually attractive. Your facts must be accurate and must come from credible sources which you cite within the presentation. Use the citation format acceptable for research papers. Include a Works Cited page at the end of the presentation that lists, in correct form, all sources you have cited in your presentation.

Use Son of Citation Machine MLA style to make your Works Cited Page (in other words, bibliography).




  • Your group's efforts to complete this project will be evaluated with the Process Rubric.



  • View these rubrics so your work will follow them.



Your efforts to solve this tragic dilemma facing everyone in the world will not go unnoticed! Perhaps your organization will provide you with promotions, maybe even your own offices. If not, don't fret. Your information search has not been in vain. You have discovered weathering and erosion is a threat to you and everyone on this planet. Educate people on the facts, so they might avoid this situation.



Please reflect on the experience of this project. Describe your group experience as well as your individual experience.

  • Write half-page reflection (typed and double-spaced) that describes the dynamics of your group. How well did you work together? Did all members stay on-task? Did members fill their positions effectively? Would you work with this team in the future? Be honest and appropriate with your judgments.


  • Write a full-page reflection (typed and double-spaced) describing your own work on this WebQuest. Did you fulfill the obligations of your position? What did you learn about weathering and erosion? Will this information help you in the future? What environmental issues exist that you could learn more about? Do you understand how to research a problem and its solutions? How could you complete a task like this on your own? Was the learning structure effective? Did you enjoy the WebQuest experience?


Extended Opportunity

To extend this project gather information from other groups in your class regarding the type of weathering and erosion they researched and what possible prevention they found.  Create a brochure in Microsoft Publisher that could educate the public about types of weathering and erosion, prevention, and preservation of our land.


Notes to Teacher

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