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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby IdahoSciGuy » June 8th, 2010, 10:55 am

Water is a HUGE topic, and if it's fresh water, then there is not only the rivers and lakes systems and properties, but also the groundwater systems. I bet that most tests(if the test writer was smart), would be comprised of half rivers and lakes, and half groundwater. Also, water includes tons of possibilities with topographic maps.

Although i personally think that the topic is boring, there is a lot of possibilities with it.
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Postby soobsession » June 25th, 2010, 3:56 pm

I'm so so so happy. :mrgreen:

When I was doing DP this year, my friend gave me a DP binder which I kinda just tossed to the side because it was the wrong topic. Then I was cleaning out my room a couple days ago and I found it and it was a RIvers and Lakes binder! There wasn't a whole lot of information, but that's okay because I can find it myself and there were a lot of tests. It did have the rules in it though which I thought was really helpful. Topics to study include but are not limited to:

Hydrological cycle
Aging of rivers (young, mature, old)
Depositional features including floodplains, levees, deltas, and meanders
Erosional features including rapids, waterfalls, canyons
Topographic map interpretation as related to river features and actions
River velocity including gradient, channel shape, and channel surface
Stream channel patterns including meandering, straight, and braided
Drainage patterns including dendritic, radial, and centripetal
Steam capacity including dissolved load, suspended load, and bedload
Stream classification including perennial and intermittent

Huh. I never thought there was so much to learn about rivers and lakes. :shock: However, that's just rivers and lakes, there are, as IdahoSciGuy said, going to be much more to cover if it's going to be freshwater.

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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby AlphaTauri » June 25th, 2010, 7:12 pm

Ewww. I can already tell this isn't going to be a fun two years. I think by nature, Rivers & Lakes is less interesting than Volcanos & Earthquakes because eruption and EQs are more active, "exciting" events, while Rivers and Lakes are just sort of there. And, it sounds like our earth history unit in science class, which I absolutely hated. Please, please, let there be some other poor kid who gets this event, instead of me...

I'm done whining now.

I would probably add human impact on rivers/lakes to the list of stuff to study, like pollution, irrigation, dams, etc.
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Postby zyzzyva980 » June 25th, 2010, 7:43 pm

Lakes and Rivers may not be as "Dynamic" as quakes and volcanoes but that doesn't mean it won't be a good event. A lot can go into L&R, so it may be an interesting event to study for, similar to how a lot went into everyday weather in Meteorology this year.
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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby IdahoSciGuy » June 25th, 2010, 7:51 pm

I am going to be writing some Dynamic Planet tests this summer so when I post them online, ill try to make them as engaging and creative as possible! :D
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Postby zyzzyva980 » June 25th, 2010, 7:51 pm

For L&R or E&V? I do like engaging and creative tests.
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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby IdahoSciGuy » June 25th, 2010, 7:55 pm

For L&R or E&V? I do like engaging and creative tests.
For L&R. It's going to be a nice challenge, but one of my mentors from the Idaho tournaments taught me one thing: Every academic test sounds better in story form! (thats all i'm saying about it. Wait till I post the tests :D )
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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby Paradox21 » June 25th, 2010, 8:15 pm

IdahoSciGuy, you are the best. Tests are very much appreciated.

And water is one of the great changers of the planet. While the changes may not be as sudden as an Earthquake or Volcano, they are sometimes much more profound. Just take a trip to the Grand Canyon if you don't believe me.
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Postby zyzzyva980 » June 25th, 2010, 8:16 pm

Please, whatever you do, do not do anything Road Scholar-esque. The weirdest one I saw was a toy, falling from the sky, and somehow that related to Road Scholar.
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Re: Dynamic Planet B/C

Postby IdahoSciGuy » June 26th, 2010, 10:46 am

Please, whatever you do, do not do anything Road Scholar-esque. The weirdest one I saw was a toy, falling from the sky, and somehow that related to Road Scholar.
They will be road scholar-esque in that they have story and plot lines. However, as far as topics are concerned, I have more fondness for detective work as a topic, rather than toys falling from the sky. XD
I'm so so so happy. :mrgreen:

When I was doing DP this year, my friend gave me a DP binder which I kinda just tossed to the side because it was the wrong topic. Then I was cleaning out my room a couple days ago and I found it and it was a RIvers and Lakes binder! There wasn't a whole lot of information, but that's okay because I can find it myself and there were a lot of tests. It did have the rules in it though which I thought was really helpful. Topics to study include but are not limited to:

Hydrological cycle
Aging of rivers (young, mature, old)
Depositional features including floodplains, levees, deltas, and meanders
Erosional features including rapids, waterfalls, canyons
Topographic map interpretation as related to river features and actions
River velocity including gradient, channel shape, and channel surface
Stream channel patterns including meandering, straight, and braided
Drainage patterns including dendritic, radial, and centripetal
Steam capacity including dissolved load, suspended load, and bedload
Stream classification including perennial and intermittent

Huh. I never thought there was so much to learn about rivers and lakes. :shock: However, that's just rivers and lakes, there are, as IdahoSciGuy said, going to be much more to cover if it's going to be freshwater.
Thank you for posting this! I am going to put these in the early tests that I do, as the rules for this years competition will probably not be too far off.
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