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lessons on the lake logo Land Use in and around the Basin
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Lessons on the Lake -> Chapter 9 -> Loss of Wetland Ecosystems Activity

THE LOSS OF WETLAND ECOSYSTEMS
IN THE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN
ASSOCIATED WITH POPULATION INCREASES

Procedure

  • Take a look at these images. The first is the extent of wetlands in 1950....

... and the second represents those portions of wetlands lost from 1950 to 1990.

Now consider these questions:

  1. Where did the wetlands go?
  2. How are the particular functions of these wetlands carried out now that there are fewer wetlands in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin?
  3. Are these functions carried out? If not by wetlands, how could these functions otherwise be accomplished?
  4. Where did the animals who lived in these wetlands go?

A relative of the raccoon is the Red Panda, an animal that lives in Asia.
  1. Introduction
  2. Chapter 9 EQ
  3. Understanding Land Use
  4. Population Size Increase
  5. Land Use Practices in the Basin
  6. Activity: Loss of Wetlands
  7. Activity: Home Sweet Home