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Collapse of the Aral Sea

Identify the impact of a real-world ecological and environmental disaster. Identify the potential for a similar disaster in the United States, or elsewhere in the world, based on current practices. Lab Graded Assignment To view the documentary on the Aral Sea, the link below will request your MyNDC username and password.  Once you have entered that information you will be taken right to the video.   If for some reason you are unable to view the documentary, you can still answer all the questions using internet sources, there are many sites, including images and also YouTube. You must indicate on your assignment whether you watched the documentary or not. Collapse of the Aral Sea documentary For the write up include the following 3 sections (please label them): Answers to Questions Personal Reflection References Answer the following questions in the first section:

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  • What was the major cause of the disaster and what specifically was the original problem?
  • Who was responsible?
  • What were the environmental and ecological impacts as a result of the original problem?
  • How many species of fish and birds were lost?
  • What are the impacts on soil and water?
  • What are the human impacts?
  • What diseases are problems for residents of the region?
  • Include the following in the personal reflection section: In what way did learning about the Aral Sea impact you?
  • David Suzuki says near the end of the documentary that the Aral Sea tragedy is a disaster only “slightly ahead of its time.”
  • What do you think he meant by this?
  • Even if you do not view the documentary, you can still answer this question.
  • Could this type of tragedy occur in the US, if so where and why? If not, why not?
  • Could this occur in some other part of the world? If so where and why? If not, why not?

Word process this document, double-spaced, paragraph format and submit. You must indicate whether you watched the documentary or if you were unable to watch the documentary, provide the source/sources for your information. If you used sources (websites), you must give the link for those sites. Even if you’ve watched the documentary, and learned more information from other websites, those must also be documented.

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Any references must be properly formatted and cited in-text and in the reference section using APA recognized formatting. Points Breakdown Questions 20 points All questions answered and well written, 18-20 points Some questions not answered but otherwise well written, 15-17 points Missing answers to questions, poorly written 10-14 points Questions not answered at all 0 points Reflection 20 points Well written, detailed, thoughtful, 18-20 points Fair writing, questions answered, missing detail(s), and/or good writing, 15-17 points Poorly written, 10-14 points Not done 0 points References, Sources 5 points Identify how information obtained, websites references cited properly in-text and in reference section 5 points Did not indicate how information was obtained, or obviously partial list 2-4 Not done 0 points Grammar/Mechanics/Following Directions 5 points < 1 errors 5 points 2-3 errors 3-4 points 4-5 errors 1-2 points > 5 errors 0 points

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