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Mission Geography uses existing NASA data and images where possible to engage students in active, hands-on inquiry, modeling the scientific method and developing students' understanding of environment-society relations and earth science. This module explores how geographers and geoarchaeologists use remote sensing to uncover previously undiscovered sites of human occupation. Students apply remote sensing and map skills to study ancient and prehistoric sites. In these three investigations, students compare maps to remotely sensed images to master the skills of determining direction and scale, consider different viewpoints about the endangered status of ancient sites in Chaco National Historic Site and recommend future actions. They also learn the seven elements specialists in remote sensing use to detect significant human and physical features and use the case of previously unknown ancient sites in Guatemala to explore the role of geography in understanding the physical and cultural features of a region through remotely sensed images and ground-level photographs of a site. Each investigation is complete with overview, a list of materials and supplies, content preview, classroom procedures, worksheets, background, and evaluation.
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