Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

2020

Series

VA Sea 2020 Lesson Plans

Abstract

Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology | Environmental Science | Oceanography


Sediment classification and grain size can affect the types of organisms that live in the sediment. Some organisms prefer sandier sediment, while others love the fine-grained mud.

In this activity, students will classify sediment samples by grain size and plot their findings on a ternary plot. The students will then further investigate which benthic organisms live in the different sediments and which may be more resilient to a change in sediment classification.

DOI

doi 10.25773/mfc5-0v93

Keywords

Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, sediment studies, mud dwelling organisms

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
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Funding

The 2019/2020 VA SEA project was made possible through funding from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Margaret Davidson Fellowship Program which supports graduate students in partnership with research reserves where fieldwork, research, and community engagement come together. VA SEA is currently supported by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Virginia Sea Grant, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Advisory Progra

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