Introduction | Task | Resources | Process

Introduction:

Have you ever wondered about the natural beauty of the world we live in? In today's man-made world of skyscrapers, space shuttles, supertrains and four lane highways, it is easy to forget that our world is full of fantastic wonders that have been created by nature. Your adventures will take you through different natural wonders, where you will be asked to complete different tasks.

 

Task:

Your partner and you will be embarking on different adventures from selected wonders of our world. With each adventure, you will be expected to research and answer questions. You will have to display your findings in a multi-media presentation. Your presentation should include both text and images which must be properly cited following the rules of Netcitation (see the Resource section).

Resources-Links:

Process - Meteor Crater, Victoria Falls, Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef:

For each of the following adventures, it is your job to complete what is being asked using the links which are provided.  

a) Meteor Crater:

To view Meteor Animation (from www.meteorcrater.com, Meteor Crater: The Official Web Site, Feb. 5, 2001)

(i) Where is the Meteor Crater?

(ii) How was this crater formed?

(iii) What are the dimensions of this crater?

(iv) As a scientist, you discover that the rim of the crater has weakened and is now too dangerous for tourists. A fence must be built around the crater however, the fence must be five meters from its edge. Using the formula for circumference (2 r), calculate the length of the fence needed to keep the area secure.

(v) Not including the answers you have already provided, list one fact or point of interest you have learned about this subject.

b) Victoria Falls:

To view pictures of Victoria Falls
(http://www.aims.gov.au/pages/research/reef-monitoring/ltm/bleaching-event/bleaching-01.html, Victoria Falls Aerial Photographs, Feb. 5, 2001)

(i) Where is it?

(ii) What do native Africans call the Victoria Falls?

(iii) What is the maximum flow of water from the falls?

(iv) You are a photographer for National Geographic. You want to take a picture of the falls during flood season. If it takes you five minutes to set up and snap a picture, how much water has fallen into the gorge?

 (v) Not including the answers you have already provided, list one fact or point of interest you have learned about this subject.

c) Grand Canyon:

To view Grand Canyon Pictures
(http://www-ugrad.cs.colorado.edu/~smithgr/GrandCanyon.html, from Greg's Grand Canyon Pictures, Feb. 5, 2001)

(i) Where in the United states is the Grand canyon located?

(ii) What is the greatest depth of the canyon?

(iii) What is the main colour of the Grand Canyon? What are some other colours?

(iv) You are rock climber repelling (descending by sliding down a rope) down the canyon at an average of 3 meters per jump. How many times will you need to repel to reach the bottom of the canyon at its greatest depth?

 (v) Not including the answers you have already provided, list one fact or point of interest you have learned about this subject.

d) Great Barrier Reef:

To view Great Barrier Reef video
(www.aims.gov.au/pages/research/reef-monitoring/itm/bleaching-event/bleaching-01.html, from the AIMS Research site, Feb. 5, 2001)

(i) Where is the reef located?

(ii) How long is the reef?

(iii) How far is it from shore?

(iv) You are transported back in time and are Captain Cook's first officer. The captain has lost his memory and needs your help to fill in his journal. Answer the following questions:

  • What was the name of his ship?
  • When did he run aground on the reef?
  • How long did it take him and his crew to get off the reef?
  • What was done to free the ship?

(v) Not including the answers you have already provided, list one fact or point of interest you have learned about this subject.