Students could work in groups to identify where the river changed course and anticipate future changes.
Connections with art classes could be made by having students draw or paint the river from different years side-by-side to illustrate the changes.
Physics classes could evaluate the fluid dynamics and sedimentation locations to predict future changes.
Biology and science classes could explore how changing the flow of a river with dams, cement armor, or channels can affect the river ecosystem and cause other unintentional changes, such as the loss of land at the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana or an increase in methane emissions from reservoirs.
The resource presents a spatiotemporal change in river meandering. Climate change impacts caused disappearance and depositions, creating new tributaries and flow patterns. Students can explore to see these changes and new features it has created over time. The resource is recommended for teaching.
Science and Engineering
ESS2: Earth’s Systems
HS-ESS2-5 Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
MS-PS2-2 Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.