Windows into Wonderland – Electronic Field Trip Explores Hot Water in Yellowstone!

From the Yellowstone National Park Foundation:

New Electronic Field Trip Explores Hot Water in Yellowstone!

The Firehole River flows through three major geyser basins in Yellowstone National Park and receives thermal input from numerous geysers and hot springs. “Getting into Hot Water” investigates alterations in the chemical and physical characteristics of the stream, as well as changes in the habitats and life histories of the river’s living organisms. The program will premiere November 1-3, 2006 on the Windows into Wonderland electronic field trip site www.windowsintowonderland.org.

The Ask an Expert Message Board will open at 9:00 a.m. MST on November 1 and will close at 4:00 p.m. MST on November 3, allowing students to ask questions of subject matter experts.

Participation is free to all, and the field trip will remain available on the website after the Message Board closes.

By the time the Firehole River has finished its run through some of the most remarkable country on our planet, nearly a quarter of its water comes from geysers and hot springs. During this electronic field trip, viewers will learn how the river’s water chemistry and living creatures are affected by thermal infusions. Students will also be challenged to ponder what constitutes a damaged ecosystem and consider how this naturally thermally-altered river may reflect or predict changes in streams exposed to human-caused thermal pollution.

Designed for a middle school audience, the program contains scripted dialogue, animations, illustrations, and streaming audio content. Video clips showcase investigations of the Firehole River by local students and researchers, while the program’s subject matter is reinforced by in-trip activities and quizzes. The eTrip lasts approximately 60 minutes and includes lesson plans, guided by the National Education Standards, to extend the on-line experience.

“Getting into Hot Water” is funded by the National Science Foundation through a generous grant to the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

To preview this eTrip prior to its premiere, log on to

http://www.windowsintowonderland.org/hotwater/index.html

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