For the past couple months we have been learning all about water- its 3 states, how it changes state, it's role on Earth, and the processes it goes through in the never-ending hydrologic cycle. Now, you will learn about something called water erosion and the effects it has on land.
Last month, our class got the opportunity to visit Hammonasset Beach in Madison, Connecticut. We were able to see some of the effects of water erosion firsthand- Other effects you will research in this quest. As you will discover, water erosion is a huge problem for Hammonasset Beach, particularly for an area called West Beach. About 7 years ago, the state of Connecticut began a project in an effort to restore the beach sand and reverse the damaging effects of water erosion. This project is a very costly venture, and in challenging economic times, many may question the decision to put so much money toward this one project. Is this restoration project worthwhile and deserving of such time, effort, and money? Why or why not?
Your mission begins by using the resources provided to learn about water erosion. You need to know what it is, describe how it occurs, and explain its effects in both the short and long term. You will then use the resources provided to learn more about Hammonasset and the different reasons why it is such a special place. Finally, you will use your research and new-found knowledge (and you know, that thing in your head called a brain :-)) to write a letter persuading the general public that the decision to begin this expensive restoration project is or is not necessary.
Enjoy your journey!
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