Importance of this Unit to the Course
Humans have transformed a large fraction of highly productive land to other uses. Related changes in solar energy absorption, surface water recycling, erosion, and ecosystem services have been touched upon in other units. Land use is a key to sustainability.
Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)
Discussion (online /
face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)
A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:
What has been the environmental impacts of the thousands of miles of agricultural drainage tiles that have been installed in the Uniteds States Midwest?