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This teaching resource was developed by a K-12 science teacher in the American Physiological SocietyÂs 2007 Frontiers in Physiology Program. For more information on this program, please visit www.frontiersinphys.org. This unit challenges students to investigate factors affecting plant growth and to explore xeriscaping as a method to conserve natural resources and to build sustainable landscapes. According to the XeriscapeÂ Colorado website, Âfor most of the western United States over fifty percent of residential water used is applied to landscapes and lawns.Â They go on to say that through the use of xeriscaping, landscape water use can be decreased by 60% or more! Xeriscaping is not Âdryscaping,Â but rather a conscious grouping of plants based on their individual water requirements. XeriscapeTM is a trademark of Denver Water. Students should have an understanding of metric measurement and measurement apparatus and ecosystems and climates. Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to: explore ways to minimize negative impacts on natural resources and understand the inter-connectedness of a local ecosystem and the impact human populations have on this system.
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