Task

The Canadian government has been approached by the Global Science Community to help investigate extreme environments.  Extreme environments are one of the final frontiers for further exploration and important because within them lie the potential for new energy sources and new species which could aid in the scientific development of cures for human diseases.  Canada has committed to the exploration of one extreme environment, but needs further information before choosing which one. 

In response, the Canadian government has hired teams of scientists to investigate exploration in extreme environments.  They are asking each team to make a recommendation.  You will take on the role of a scientist investigating either polar regions, deserts, oceans, volcanoes or space.  Working within this team, you will create a presentation detailing the problems faced when exploring these extreme environments, technology Canadians have developed to aid in this exploration and the benefits and costs of exploration in these regions.  Your team will share their results with one another, then make a recommendation to the Canadian government as to which extreme environment would be the best one for further exploration.

Within your group, decide who is going to assume the following roles. Use the questions appearing under each role to assist you in your research. While you are responsible for completing your section of the report, you will also be responsible for drawing up a series of recommendations, along with the other members of your team, on how to choose the extreme environment with the most potential for finding new resources.  Your group must also report out about spinoffs and other benefits the exploration of extreme environments has led to.  Finally, be sure to include the drawbacks and costs environmentally and financially of exploration of extreme environments. 

Scientist 1- Exploration of Polar Regions

What are the survival difficulties you face when exploring this region? How do scientists currently explore these regions? What technologies would you use to explore a polar region? What additional information can you give to your team about exploration of this extreme environment? What is the potential in this extreme environment for finding new resources and new species?

Scientist 2 - Exploration of Deserts

What are the survival difficulties you face when exploring this region? How do scientists currently explore these regions? What technologies would you use to explore a desert? What additional information can you give to your team about exploration of this extreme environment? What is the potential in this extreme environment for finding new resources and new species?

Scientist 3 - Exploration of Deep Oceans

What are the survival difficulties you face when exploring this region? How do scientists currently explore these regions? What technologies would you use to explore deep oceans? What additional information can you give to your team about exploration of this extreme environment? What is the potential in this extreme environment for finding new resources and new species?

Scientist 4 - Exploration of Volcanoes

What are the survival difficulties you face when exploring this region? How do scientists currently explore these regions? What technologies would you use to explore volcanoes? What additional information can you give to your team about exploration of this extreme environment? What is the potential in this extreme environment for finding new resources and new species?

Scientist 5 - Exploration of Space

What are the survival difficulties you face when exploring this region? How do scientists currently explore these regions? What technologies would you use to explore space? What additional information can you give to your team about exploration of this extreme environment? What is the potential in this extreme environment for finding new resources and new species?

 

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http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/index.htm

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http://www.zoomschool.com/school/Antarctica/

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http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/desert.htm

 

http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/desert/hot.htm

 

http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/desert/cold.htm

 

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http://www.mos.org/oceans/scientist/underwater.html

 

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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/abyss/mission/ropos.html

 

http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/

 

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http://techtran.msfc.nasa.gov/at_home.html

 

http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/en/kids/spinoffs2.shtml

 

http://www.thespaceplace.com/nasa/spinoffs.html

 

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/oped-04b.html

 

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http://www.chrcrm.org/doc_roadtodiscoveryE.htm