ERIC Number: EJ878831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Sage-Grouse and Coal-Bed Methane: Can They Coexist within the Powder River Basin?
Duncan, Michael B.
Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, v39 p53-62 2010
Concerns are growing regarding the availability of sustainable energy sources due to a rapidly growing human population and a better understanding of climate change. In recent years, the United States has focused much attention on developing domestic energy sources, which include coal-bed methane (CBM). There are vast deposits of the natural gas within the Powder River Basin (PRB), Wyoming. A sharp increase in exploration and development of CBM in the region has led to a decline in the surrounding greater sage-grouse ("Centrocercus urophasianus") populations in developed areas. This case study presents the issues surrounding CBM development and sage-grouse conservation within the PRB and provides instructors with online resources and classroom activities that can be used to stimulate and develop students' active learning and critical thinking skills. (Contains 4 exhibits.)
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Energy Education, Earth Science, Active Learning, Energy, Climate, Thinking Skills, Conservation (Environment), Animals, Environmental Education, Natural Resources, Fuels, Case Studies, College Science
American Society of Agronomy. 677 South Segoe Road, Madison, WI 53711. Tel: 608-273-8080; Fax: 608-273-2021; Web site: http://www.jnrlse.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States; Wyoming