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This activity will introduce students to water-induced topsoil erosion and different ways to control it. Using a stream table (prepared by the teacher), they will vary the surface of the 'soil', and the height of the table, pour in water, and observe sheet, rill, and gully erosion. They can also investigate the effects of check dams (by plugging gullies with pebbles), observe the results of contour plowing, and test the effectiveness of different types of mulch (straw, shredded paper, pine needles, etc.) in preventing erosion. Instructions for constructing a stream table, a student worksheet, and discussion questions are provided.
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