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Arkansas Environmental Science StandardsWeb Resources
PD.1.ES.1
Describe the structure, origin, and evolution of the Earth's components:
• atmosphere
• biosphere
• hydrosphere
• lithosphere
PD.1.ES.2
Relate eras, epochs, and periods of Earth's history to geological development
PD.1.ES.3
Determine the relative and absolute ages of rock layers
PD.1.ES.4
Categorize the type and composition of various minerals
PD.1.ES.5
Explain the processes of the rock cycle
PD.1.ES.6
Describe the processes of degradation by weathering and erosion
PD.1.ES.7
Describe tectonic forces relating to internal energy production and convection currents
PD.1.ES.8
Describe the relationships of degradation (a general lowering of the earth's surface by erosion or weathering) and tectonic forces:
• volcanoes
• earthquakes
PD.1.ES.9
Construct and interpret information on topographic maps
 Analysis of topographical maps of the geologic regions of Arkansas
PD.1.ES.10
Describe the characteristics of each of the natural divisions of Arkansas:
• Ozark Plateau
• Arkansas River Valley
• Ouachita Mountains
• Coastal Plain
• Mississippi Alluvial Plain (Delta)
• Crowley's Ridge
 Analysis of topographical maps of the geologic regions of Arkansas
PD.1.ES.11
Describe the physical and chemical properties of water
PD.1.ES.12
Compare and contrast characteristics of the oceans:
• composition
• physical features of the ocean floor
• life within the ocean
• lateral and vertical motion
PD.1.ES.13
Investigate the evolution of the ocean floor
PD.1.ES.14
Investigate the stratification of the ocean:
• colligative properties (depends on the ratio of the number of particles of solute and solvent in the solution, not the identity of the solute)
• biological zonation (distribution of organisms in biogeographic zones)
PD.1.ES.15
Predict the effects of ocean currents on climate
 Ocean Temperatures, Weather and Climate
PD.1.ES.16
Explain heat transfer in the atmosphere and its relationship to meteorological processes:
• pressure
• winds
• evaporation
• precipitation
PD.1.ES.17
Compare and contrast meteorological processes related to air masses, weather systems, and forecasting
PD.1.ES.18
Construct and interpret weather maps
PD.1.ES.19
Describe the cycling of materials and energy:
• nitrogen
• oxygen
• carbon
• phosphorous
• hydrological
• sulfur
BD.2.ES.1
Compare and contrast biomes
BD.2.ES.2
Describe relationships within a community:
• predation
• competition
• parasitism
• mutualism
• commensalism
BD.2.ES.3
Differentiate between primary and secondary succession
BD.2.ES.4
Construct a trophic-level pyramid (energy level))
BD.2.ES.5
Construct a food chain
BD.2.ES.6
Diagram a food web
BD.2.ES.7
Compare and contrast food webs and food chains
BD.2.ES.8
Describe biodiversity
BD.2.ES.9
Explain how limiting factors affect populations and ecosystems
BD.2.ES.10
Describe the natural selection process in populations
SP.3.ES.1
Explain the reciprocal relationships between Earth's processes (natural disasters) and human activities
SP.3.ES.2
Investigate the relationships between human consumption of natural resources and the stewardship responsibility for reclamations including disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste
SP.3.ES.3
Explain common problems related to water quality:
• conservation
• usage
• supply
• treatment
• pollutants (point and non-point sources)
SP.3.ES.4
Explain problems related to air quality:
• automobiles
• industry
• natural emissions
SP.3.ES.5
Evaluate the impact of different points of view on health, population, resource, and environmental issues:
• governmental
• economic
• societal
SP.3.ES.6
Research how political systems influence environmental decisions
SP.3.ES.7
Investigate which federal and state agencies have responsibility for environmental monitoring and action
SP.3.ES.8
Compare and contrast man-made environments and natural environments
SP.3.ES.9
Evaluate personal and societal benefits when examining health, population, resource, and environmental issues
SP.3.ES.10
Predict the long-term societal impact of specific health, population, resource, and environmental issues
SP.3.ES.11
Investigate the effect of public policy decisions on health, population, resource, and environmental issues
SP.3.ES.12
Explain the impact of factors such as birth rate, death rate, and migration rate on population changes
SP.3.ES.13
Distinguish between developed and developing countries
NS.4.ES.1
Collect and analyze scientific data using appropriate mathematical calculations, figures and tables
 Ocean Temperatures, Weather and Climate
NS.4.ES.2
Use appropriate equipment and technology as tools for solving problems (e.g., microscopes, centrifuges, flexible arm cameras, computer software and hardware)
NS.4.ES.3
Utilize technology to communicate research findings
NS.5.ES.1
Compare and contrast environmental concepts in pure science and applied science
NS.5.ES.2
Explain why scientists should work within ethical parameters
NS.5.ES.3
Evaluate long-range plans concerning resource use and by-product disposal for environmental, economical and political impact
NS.5.ES.4
Explain how the cyclical relationship between science and technology results in reciprocal advancements in science and technology
NS.6.ES.1
Research and evaluate science careers using the following criteria
• educational requirements
• salary
• availability of jobs
• working conditions