EARTH Lesson Drafts
August 16, 2016 – Beaufort

Don’t Drink the Water

Using Drone technology, students will identify the path a drop of water travels through NC water basins. They will explain the effects of water pollution over time and develop strategies to decrease pollution in the river systems.

Effects of Spartina alterniflora Plantings

After collecting data from several planting sites over a period of time, students will determine the overall effects of Spartina alterniflora including deposition and erosion rates. Visual images collected through the Duke unmanned systems program will be utilized in data collection and comparisons.

Runoff and Occurrence of Mud Snails

Using visual data of estuarine shorelines from unoccupied aircraft around mainland areas in Carteret County, compare occurrence of mud snails (Illynassa obsoleta) and obvious areas of point source runoff. Mud snails are sensitive to tri-butyl tin, a byproduct of road traffic and runoff and over time populations can disappear in areas where they should be […]

Shifting Sands

After having reviewed information on past and present beach erosion along our certain areas of our Crystal Coast, you can see that our beaches and shorelines face an ongoing threat from natural and manmade sources.  Human impact combined with global warming can speed up an otherwise natural process. Sand naturally shifts, but your help is […]

The Calm After the Storm…Water Quality

Students will use data collected from Duke University’s Unmanned Facilities Systems (i.e., Drones) to observe the impacts of storm water runoff to water quality before and after storm events. Students will explore drone and other unmanned autonomous systems to develop an understanding of the various applications these technologies provide to study changes in the environment. […]


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