Human and Environmental Interaction

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Princess Mononoke Questions:

  1. In what ways are the humans in the film dependent on, adapting to or modifying the environment?
  2. What is the overall message about human and environmental interaction of the movie?
  3. What real world examples are analogous to the message of the movie?
  4. What kid of world do you suppose the writer would like to see? What barriers lie in achieving this?
  5. What changes could you make in your life to align yourself with message of the movie? Should we be acting in accordance with the message of the film?

*be prepared for the weather the class after the movie is done



Read Pg 226-236:

  1. Sketch the results of your soil texture lab with the percentages of each particle size. Use the soil texture pyramid on pg 227 to find out what type of texture the soil is.
  2. Based on the soil texture from question 1, what types of plants would thrive in these soils? What would need to be done to make the soil appropriate for agriculture?
  3. Explain how climate (precipitation and temperature) affects soil types and how that affects plant adaptation.
  4. What type of soil would you expect to find here in BC? Explain the properties of the soil and soil profile you would expect. What other countries share the same soil type/profile?
  5. Name the types of soils natural to Canada and where they are. What needs to be done to each to make it suitable for agriculture?

Biomes Intro & Vegetation

Read pp 218-225

  1. Identify which biome we live in and describe the vegetation of the biome
  2. Name the areas in your municipality that you think contain undisturbed natural vegetation. Using Google Maps, estimate (rough) how much of the municipality is undisturbed natural vegetation.  Explain whether or not you think preservation of these areas is necessary.
  3. Using Figure 11.6 (pg 219) as an example, sketch the vegetation profile of:
    • Canada-US border
    • Australia from the northern most point to the southern most point
    • Southern tip of Vietnam to the northern tip of Russia
    • Western most point in Peru to eastern most point of Brazil

*label E-W or N-S and names of biomes