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A WebQuest on water, water pollution and caring for water resources.


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The Ancient Mariner's water.

"Water, water, everywhere.  Nor any drop to drink."

(from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coleridge)


Water is the commonest substance on earth: it's almost everywhere.  Water is necessary to life and without it we would die within a week.  Unfortunately we take water for granted and turn on the tap and out it flows.  As it is part of our everyday lives, we have not been very good looking after this valuable resource.  And now water is in danger and many people do not have safe drinking water.


It is a very hot day and with your friends decide to cool off in your favourite swimming hole in the local river.  When you arrive the water hole is full of rubbish, dead fish, and the water smells.  There are signs saying No Swimming, No Fishing, No Drinking, Polluted Water,  Do Not Enter.








Initially you are all very angry but you realise that if you want to use this waterhole you must do something to clean it up so everyone can use it.

Your WebQuest will involve gaining information to complete tasks to develop an overall picture of the water situation in the world.  From this WebQuest you will learn about the effects of water pollution and the need to conserve and protect our water supplies. Finally, by using this information you will be able to propose a number of suggestions to help clean up the water in the world.  You may chose to do this work by yourself or work in a group.

Task 1 - Water for life - what water is usable in the world today?  Using graphs show where useable water comes from. (Individual work).

Task 2 - Water pollution - identify the different types of water pollution and the damage to the environment including plants, animals, birds and humans. (Group work).

Task 3 - Water for the future - clean water. Write a policy on ways of using our water wisely so everyone has the right to clean water. (Group Work).


To become an expert on water, you will need to:

1.  explore and research information about the sources of water, the pollution of water and clean water for the future;

2.  use the given Internet sites and find other useful websites for your information;

3.  use the libraries for other resources;

4.  keep a research log book to record all your information and its bibliography.



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This WebQuest has been designed by Wendy Kemp for the subject 81529 Supervised Project 1 at the University of Southern Queensland.

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Last updated:  6 May, 2001.